What we learned from Liverpool's victory over Burnley
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Thiago and Fabinho of Liverpool celebrate after the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on February 13, 2022 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Liverpool made hard work of their annual trip to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon as a below-par performance, in tough conditions, saw them keep their faint title hopes alive thanks to Fabinho's first-half strike.

The Brazilian timed his run to perfection, meaning he was in the right place at the right time to poke Sadio Mane's near-post flick-on into the back of the net at the second attempt. 

The victory ensures Liverpool remain nine points behind Pep Guardiola and co as they continued to keep their title rivals in sight ahead of their game-in-hand against Leeds United next Wednesday. 

Gritty is the word...

It wasn't a vintage Liverpool performance in Lancashire on Sunday afternoon as Klopp's side entered the mid-point of their frantic February schedule. 

The Reds face a gruelling seven games in 22 days - culminating with the League Cup final against Chelsea at the end of this month - but with the Reds boasting a 100% record from their first three fixtures, it makes for promising viewing.

Having played Leicester City on just Thursday evening - and with their tie against Inter Milan in just 72 hours' time - it was no surprise the Reds appeared leggy for large sections of their visit to Burnley.

Though, with Manchester United dropping points at the same venue just days earlier, Klopp and co will take plenty of optimism from their victory despite being far from their scintillating best.

The sign of champions you might say...

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Jordan Henderson endured one of his most frustrating afternoons of the season as both he and Liverpool failed to stamp any authority on proceedings in the middle of the park.

Finishing the match with a 50% pass completion rate, Liverpool's skipper was replaced by Thiago Alcantara with just over 30 minutes remaining. 

The Spaniard was impressive during his brief cameo as he helped his side gain some much-needed composure on the ball. While also taking the sting out of a game that had become something like a basketball match prior to his introduction.

He started the victory over Leicester City alongside Fabinho, meaning the pair are unbeaten when they have lined up alongside one another in midfield and it seems inevitable they will be two-thirds of Klopp's starting midfield at the San Siro on Wednesday evening.

Alisson Becker ole, ole...

After a shaky 2021, if there were any doubts about the quality of the Brazilian goalkeeper then they would have been eliminated during the Premier League season thus far. 

The 29-year-old continued his fine form against the Clarets at Turf Moor, saving all five of the shots he was faced with over the course of the afternoon. Two more than his opposite number on the day, Nick Pope. 

It was Alisson's second consecutive clean sheet in the league and his third in his last three outings, a feat that has seen him leapfrog Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in the race for the Golden Glove. Leaving him just two behind compatriot Ederson.

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