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Premier League: Liverpool Thrash Burnley To Regain Top Spot From City

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and a Chris Wood’s own goal gave Liverpool four straight victories in their four Premier League matches so far this season, and regained the top from spot from Manchester City.

The league champions had temporarily stood at the top of the table, following their emphatic 4-0 victory over visiting Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

It was the first time in the league this season that the Anfield side would keep a clean sheet.

The Clarets had fought toe-to-toe with last season’s runners-up until the 33rd minute, when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s seemingly intended cross to the far post brushed the back of Chris Wood, and sailed over the head of the stranded Nick Pope in goal.

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The home side were their own undoing once again, when Burnley captain, Ben Mee, inadvertently gave the ball to Reds’ forward, Firmino, with a short pass. The Brazilian then found Mane, who fired low past Pope for Liverpool’s second.

There were few chances after the break, but Liverpool converted the clearest of them, when Firmino fired in from the edge of the area after he was set up by Mohamed Salah.

After the match, their manager, Jurgen Klopp said he was surprised the league leaders had extended their winning streak, saying none of his front three had a full pre-season. Mane and Salah played at the African Cup of Nations, while Firmino competed at the Copa America.

The European champions are now two points ahead of City, as the race for the title gradually get momentum.

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