Liverpool 2-1 Burnley player ratings: Who was your man of the match?

Liverpool consolidated fourth spot in the Premier League with a come-from-behind 2-1 home victory over Burnley.

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…

Ashley Barnes scores their first goal
(Photo: REUTERS)


Mignolet 6

Blameless for the goal and punched well when coming out

Clyne 5

Prone to forgetting the main part of his job … defending

Matip 6

Looks the most assured of Liverpool’s central defensive options

Klavan 6

An uncertain performer but made one crucial block to prevent an equaliser

Milner 6

Now his accepted position but will never look a natural left-back

Wijnaldum celebrates his equaliser
(Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

Can 7

Booked. Shocking for large swathes of the match and then comes up with a winner

Wijnaldum 8

MOM Most influential performer box-to-box and composed finish

Lallana 6

Work-rate routinely high but nothing quite came off for him

Coutinho 4

Odd to see him so ineffective so many periods of the contest

Mane 7

The most threatening of Liverpool’s attacking players but not at his best

Origi 6

Has a lot of learning to do and rarely chose the right option


Woodburn (Coutinho 60mins) 6

Lucas (Origi 79mins) 6

Emre Can celebrates his goal
(Photo: Liverpool FC)


Heaton 6

With his standards so high, might want to take a look at the Can goal

Lowton 7

Excellent assist and a pretty decent all-round performance

Keane 6

Solid on the deck and almost unbeatable in the air

Mee 6

Booked. Did not deserve the unwitting assist for Liverpool’s leveller

Ward 6

Given a couple of chasings by Mane but coped pretty well

Boyd 6

Passing radar a little out of sync but never hid

Barton 7

Booked. Not the most mobile any more but surprisingly effective

Hendrick 7

Pivotal figure in the early stages, faded after half-time

Barnes and Joel Matip in action
(Photo: REUTERS)

Arfield 6

Industrious and neat but no major impact on proceedings

Gray 6

Tireless running of the channels without getting great service

Barnes 7

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

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