Sean Dyche saw a sign that Liverpool are back to their best on Wednesday. The Burnley boss couldn’t stop the Reds winning 3-0 at Turf Moor.
Liverpool produced a really solid display to beat Burnley on Wednesday. They grabbed a clean sheet, took some chances and ended up with an emphatic win.
It reminded us of Liverpool last season. They were far from perfect yet managed to let their dominance shine through – it was a hallmark of the title-winning campaign.
For instance, while Liverpool took some chances, they definitely didn’t take all of their chances. Sadio Mane missed a seemingly-simple one in the first half, while Mohamed Salah just couldn’t buy a goal.
Both Roberto Firmino and Thiago probably should have scored early on, too. It seemed to be just one of those days.
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But Liverpool kept going. Andy Robertson produced a wonderful cut-back to find Firmino for the opener – the Scot’s first assist since Christmas. Then Mane produced some magic to find Nat Phillips and make it 2-0.
Finally, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to get himself on the scoresheet. He scored a great little goal, delaying his shot for an age before smashing it home.
Defensively, too, there were very positive moments. Phillips cleared one off the line, the full-backs were very solid throughout and Rhys Williams eventually settled in the game.
But again, it was far from perfect. Fabinho had a pretty awful game by his standards, while both centre-backs had their questionable moments. But in the end, the quality shone through for a clean-sheet.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche came away from the game believing Liverpool were ‘back purring’. Their ability to come through in key moments was a sign of that.
Sean Dyche on Liverpool
“Liverpool are back purring,” said Dyche. “They aren’t having an indifferent period, like they were when we beat them at their place.
“Now they are back purring and finding clinical moments. They had three shots on target and scored all three. That shows you a sign of being clinical.”
Admittedly, we wouldn’t say Liverpool were clinical. They should have scored a few more.
What they were was persistent. Too many times in 2021 we’ve seen Liverpool start with a struggle and then slow down. Not now, though, and the Reds appear to have their title-winning mentality back.
Because when they get it right, they’re an unstoppable force. Three goals from three shots on target is certainly a sign of that.