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    Burnley 1-2 Liverpool Match Report


    Ragnar Klavan scored a dramatic goal deep into stoppage-time to earn his Liverpool side a valuable win at Burnley and maintain the club's excellent run of form over the festive period.

    The home team, who trailed to Sadio Mane's strike on the hour-mark, were always in with a chance as the match headed into the latter stages and equalised through a Berg Gudmundsson header with three minutes of normal time remaining.

    It looked like the Icelandic international's header had earned his side a hard-fought point before further late drama ensued as Klavan scored his second-ever goal for The Reds to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games.

    Although both teams were playing for the second time in 48 hours, Burnley boss Sean Dyche made only one change to his side while Philippe Coutinho, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were among seven players left out of Liverpool's starting XI.

    There was little to choose between the two clubs in an uneventful first half, with Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stinging the hands of Nick Pope from 25 yards and Burnley's Scott Arfield placing an effort inches wide of Simon Mignolet's right-hand post.

    The match turned into a more exciting spectacle once The Reds had taken the lead courtesy of Sadio Mane's 61st-minute strike, which took his tally of club goals this season to nine.

    The Senegalese international produced a devastating turn and strike from the edge of the penalty area after Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross had deflected into his path, and the effort sailed past Pope on its way into the roof of the net.

    Both teams created chances in the final 30 minutes, with Jurgen Klopp's side almost doubling their lead with efforts from Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain and The Clarets going close to equalising through Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes.

    Alexander-Arnold forced Pope into a full-stretch save after his 25-yard effort appeared to be heading into the far-corner, while Oxlade-Chamberlain was denied by a one-handed save as he tried to beat the former Charlton stopper at the near-post.

    At the other end, Ashley Barnes spun on the edge of the box before unleashing a spectacular strike that went inches wide before Vokes had a header palmed away by Simon Mignolet following Gudmundsson's pinpoint cross.

    Sean Dyche's team did eventually score a deserved equaliser in the 87th-minute, however, when Gudmundsson stooped at the far post to head home from two yards out after Charlie Taylor's left-footed cross had been flicked-on by Vokes.

    It appeared that Liverpool would be losing further ground on second-place Chelsea and third-place Manchester United as the match headed into stoppage-time, but there was still time for one final sting in the tail.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain's free-kick was headed on by Dejan Lovren in the fourth-minute of injury-time and his fellow centre-back Klavan was on hand to bundle the ball into the net from virtually on the goalline.

    The last-gasp victory enabled The Reds to open-up a six-point gap to fifth-place Arsenal, while the club also temporarily moved level with Manchester United on 44 points before The Red Devils won at Everton later in the day.

    Burnley, meanwhile, remain in seventh-place after a fifth consecutive match without a win, with Leicester three points further back in eighth after a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

    Liverpool return to action on Friday night with a much-anticipated FA Cup third round tie at home to Everton, while Dyche's side face the daunting task of travelling to the Etihad Stadium as they play Premier League leaders Manchester City.
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