It was unlucky 13 for the Clarets as Liverpool set a new club record for consecutive top-flight wins.
The 18-time English champions – although never in the Premier League era after last season’s near miss – had never exceeded a dozen victories in a row.
But thanks to a slice of good fortune Jurgen Klopp's men were able to set a new mark courtesy of an own-goal credited to Chris Wood, a Sadio Mane strike and a late Roberto Firmino effort which earned the Brazilian his own footnote in history.
A deflected cross off Wood which flew into the Clarets’ net with just over half an hour gone broke the deadlock after Sean Dyche’s men had asked questions of the European Champions.
And when Mane was gifted a second goal moments later, Burnley were left with too great a gap to bridge in their quest to avoid a second defeat of the campaign ahead of the international break.
It had been back to business for the Clarets' ‘Premier League team’ after their mid-week cup exit, although both widemen were re-deployed as ex-Everton man Aaron Lennon made his first league start for the Clarets since December in the absence of the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
And a positive selection was reflected in an excellent start from the Clarets, who played with a real intensity to take the game to the league’s early pace-setters.
There were only two minutes gone when Matt Lowton played a ball over the top for Wood to get behind the Liverpool defence.
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Can't get my head around this, 20minutes to go 2-0 down and 3 subs to go, we were never gonna do anything with the 11 on the pitch so why did we not bring 3 on? Then when he does bring a sub on he takes Barnes off for Jay Rod just did not make any sense to me, can someone please enlighten me?
The bench is still lacking in anyone who can really change or add to a game. J Rod no pace, a wily customer maybe but certainly not dazzling or a game changer. I sat numbed by Barnes and Wood labouring away in a futile exercise. Wood had one chance in the early minutes, broke clear and then lacked the class and sheer skill of Mane to slot it home. Can't think of any ball in the air either of them won all afternoon. Once we were 2-0 down it was dire stuff. Where was any football on the floor. Oh, at that game we couldn't compete. McNeil was maybe pick of the bunch but no end product. Remember Pieters bursting into the box towards the end unmarked. McNeil's pass to him missed him by yards. It was a real opportunity. It became a stroll for Liverpool. We left early, absolutely pointless staying. Hoofball is difficult to watch for the full 90 minutes.
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