Liverpool secured their second win on the bounce by defeating Burnley 2-0 in front of a packed Anfield to make a strong start to the season. Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored goals in each half to help Liverpool overcome a tough Burnley side.
Jota scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring for Liverpool as he guided his header into the far corner from Tsimikas’s cross. Salah’s goal was chalked off by VAR for offside as Liverpool continued to dominate the visitors with their possession.
Ashley Barnes had a goal disallowed early in the second half, while Liverpool probed for their second through Mane and Jota. The Reds doubled their lead in the 69th minute through a superb bit of play as Mane smashed home his volley from Trent-Alexander Arnold’s delicate pass.
Speaking to reporters after the win Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his team for their performance. He added “Obviously we were all looking forward to this. A football-fest I call it. Nobody left today with any disappointment. All our dreams were fulfilled today, atmosphere-wise. The best we’ve had, pretty special.”
The German praised Harvey Elliot and said “I think we’ll talk about that frequently over the year but we won. Ali made 2 top saves but one was offside, sensational. Harvey was part of this performance. 18, such a mature game. I can understand people asking but I’m not surprised.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted there were areas for Liverpool to improve. The England international added “The performance was good at times but there are places where we can improve, of course. Overall we’re delighted. Fans are back, it was great to have them back, they gave us a lift and we got the result in the end, so that’s the most important thing.”
“It keeps you going at times, the emotion of it. Burnley are a good side. They make it difficult and we knew that before the game. They certainly did that, with the set pieces and the long balls in behind, but I thought overall we dealt with it quite well and we could have scored more goals if we’re being honest.”