Liverpool close in on Champions League spot after 'semi-final' win at Burnley

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20/5/2021 5:15:00 AM

Liverpool close in on Champions League spot after 'semi-final' win at Burnley

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Leicester are four goals behind on goal difference so need to better Liverpool’s result when they host Tottenham at the King Power.Third-placed Chelsea, who are a point ahead of both, travel to Aston Villa on the final day of the campaign.Liverpool have now won four consecutive league games for the first time in a difficult season ravaged by injuries to key players.

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Klopp’s side needed Alisson to score the first goa everl registered by a Liverpool goalkeeper to secure a late 2-1 win at already-relegated West Brom on Sunday.But, despite the return of supporters to Turf Moor for the first time in 14 months, Burnley were more easily swept aside.

“Fans make football,” said Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson. “We have seen that, there is more tempo to the game and fight.“We have seen over the last couple of weeks how big fans are in football. Maybe we took it for granted – we will never do that again.”

Liverpool would have been out of sight by half-time with more ruthless finishing as a series of clear-cut chances came and went.Sadio Mane, Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara were all guilty of wasting huge opportunities with just Burnley’s third-choice goalkeeper Will Norris to beat.

Norris, 27, was making his EPL debut and will be disappointed about the opener when it finally arrived two minutes before half-time as he did not get a strong enough foot to Firmino’s effort to keep it out.Liverpool had breathing space seven minutes into the second period when Phillips powered home Mane’s cross at the back post.

The 24-year-old has had to become the senior member of an inexperienced centre-back pairing in recent weeks alongside Rhys Williams with Ozan Kabak joining Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the sidelines.Phillips has excelled as the season has progressed and rescued his side from a nervy finale as he cleared off the line from James Tarkowski’s looping header.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is another Liverpool player to have had an injury-disrupted season, but he came off the bench to round off the scoring when he powered home at Norris’ near post two minutes from time. – Read more: The New Paper »

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