Liverpool brushed aside Burnley 3-0 to move fourth in the table on superior goal difference, pushing Leicester City down to fifth. With just one game remaining in the season, the race for top four will go down to the wire as Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City will fight for the last two spots.
Having started the game a bit slow, Liverpool dominated the game after Roberto Firmino’s opener. Nat Phillips, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, scored the second, while Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the third at the end of regulation time to earn a vital win for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Speaking to reporters after the win, Nat Phillips admitted the team is focussed on the final game of the season. The defender added “As long we get the three points that’s all that matters. The pressure’s on.”
“There’s no room for consider, we know we have to win every game. It was really tough game, one of the toughest I have had all season. My job is to stop goals. If I can score goals, it’s a bonus, but my job is clean sheets.”
“All we can do is concentrate. If we win the next game as long as Leicester don’t score a load in theirs it’s in our hands. I am looking forward to it. It will be a good weekend. One last push and the focus is on the Champions League spot.“
Jurgen Klopp admitted his side were put under pressure early in the second half by Burnley, and added “We scored a wonderful goal. In the second half they started again with the highest intensity. Alisson was constantly under pressure on the set-pieces. It’s just tricky. You cannot deny them all the time and you have to score in the chances.“
“Third goal was Oxlade as his best, so it looks like the timing is right. It’s so tricky to defend Burnley, they are so strong. You have to score in the chances. Nat Phillips had a really great header and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had really nice skill. An important goal for him. I’m really happy.”
“It was a really mature performance. Not a world-class start, we gave it away too much for Burnley but after about 15 minutes, we found our feet and used that. It never was easy. I can’t remember an easy game against Burnley. What a job Sean Dyche is doing here. The way they play is so tricky to defend against. They are smart“
“But it’s too early to talk about it. In this position we have to wrap them up in cotton wool and go again. There is nothing decided yet but we have another final which we have again.”