Ashley Barnes had opened the scoring with the Clarets’ first goal at Anfield since 1975 in the seventh minute, with the hosts looking short of ideas in the absence of injured forward Roberto Firmino.
But Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with the last kick of the first half and Emre Can completed the comeback just after the hour mark, as Jurgen Klopp’s side went some way to eradicating the curse of the bottom-half teams.
Defeat in the reverse fixture, back in August, set the standard for the way ‘lesser’ sides combated the Reds’ attacking style and, for 45 minutes, it appeared Sean Dyche’s men were about to repeat the trick.
The result lifted Liverpool within a point of second-placed Tottenham and third-spotted Manchester City, who were both in FA Cup action this weekend.
Our man Andy Dunn was at the game, here are his player ratings…
Blameless for the goal and punched well when coming out
Prone to forgetting the main part of his job … defending
Looks the most assured of Liverpool’s central defensive options
An uncertain performer but made one crucial block to prevent an equaliser
Now his accepted position but will never look a natural left-back
Booked. Shocking for large swathes of the match and then comes up with a winner
MOM Most influential performer box-to-box and composed finish
Work-rate routinely high but nothing quite came off for him
Odd to see him so ineffective so many periods of the contest
The most threatening of Liverpool’s attacking players but not at his best
Has a lot of learning to do and rarely chose the right option
Woodburn (Coutinho 60mins) 6
Lucas (Origi 79mins) 6
With his standards so high, might want to take a look at the Can goal
Excellent assist and a pretty decent all-round performance
Solid on the deck and almost unbeatable in the air
Booked. Did not deserve the unwitting assist for Liverpool’s leveller
Given a couple of chasings by Mane but coped pretty well
Passing radar a little out of sync but never hid
Booked. Not the most mobile any more but surprisingly effective
Pivotal figure in the early stages, faded after half-time
Industrious and neat but no major impact on proceedings
Tireless running of the channels without getting great service
Very tidy finish and always ready to fire off a shot
Brady (Boyd 73mins) 6
Vokes (Gray 80mins) 6
Agyei (Arfield 90mins) 6
REFEREE: Craig Pawson