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Burnley 1-2 Liverpool: Last-gasp win

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  • Mane scores stunner; Klavan wins it late on
  • Burnley without a win in five
  • Liverpool unbeaten in 16 games

Liverpool extended their long unbeaten run and battled to a 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

In testing conditions Jurgen Klopp‘s side — who are now on their longest unbeaten run under the German coach — did most of the pressing and broke through in the second half with a superb goal from Sadio Mane who stepped up in the absence of the injured Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson nodded home late on as he looked to have snatched a point for the Clarets but then Klavan popped up with a diving header of his own to send the traveling Liverpool fans wild.

With the win Liverpool remain in fourth but move on to 44 points alongside Manchester United, while Burnley have failed to win any of their last five games but remain in seventh.

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Liverpool dominated possession early on and looked dangerous on the break with Ashley Barnes having a half chance for Burnley at the other end.

As the first half wore on Liverpool woke up and Nick Pope saved well from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Adam Lallana, making his first start of the season, raced back and made a crucial tackle as last man with Scott Arfield breaking free. A wonderful tackle from the England international to deny Burnley a clear look at goal.

Arfield nodded an effort towards goal which Simon Mignolet saved easily, then Dominic Solanke was tackled by Ben Mee inside the box as a good chance came and went for Liverpool. Half time arrived without a goal in an slow-burner.

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The rain continued to pour down in the second half as both teams battled the elements.

Lallana had shots deflected wide and Liverpool finally went ahead just after the hour mark. A cross from the right from Trent Alexander-Arnold found Mane on the edge of the box and the Senegalese forward controlled, turned and thumped home in one action to put Liverpool 1-0 up.

A moment of magic from Mane.

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Alexander-Arnold forced Pope into a fine save late on as the youngster drilled a shot from distance towards the top corner, while at the other end Barnes volleyed just wide from the edge of the box.

Late in the game Burnley grabbed the equalizer as a cross was flicked on by Sam Vokes and Gudmundsson arrived unmarked at the back post to nod home. 1-1.

But Liverpool went straight down the other end and Dejan Lovren nodded across goal for Klavan to head home the winner right in front of the delirious traveling fans. What a finish and what a big win for Liverpool.

WATCH LIVE: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool looks to pile misery on Bournemouth while increasing its Top Four stock with a visit to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Reds can climb back into the Top Four with a win, and will do so with Sadio Mane, Danny Ings, and Dominic Solanke amongst their bench players.

Bournemouth starts Jermain Defoe, Joshua King, and Jordon Ibe amongst its attackers.

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Bournemouth: Begovic; Daniels, Ake, Francis, Smith, Pugh, Surman, King, L. Cook, Ibe, Defoe. Subs: Boruc, S. Cook, Gosling, Arter, Fraser, Stanislas, Afobe.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Karius, Milner, Mane, Lallana, Ings, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Controversy holds wasteful Reds

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  • LFC has 71 percent possession
  • Reds boast 13-6 edge in shots
  • Baggies winless since August

A resolute display from visiting West Brom and a bizarre disallowed Dominic Solanke goal left Liverpool with just a point from a scoreless draw at Anfield on Wednesday.

Solanke was adjudged to have purposely handled his late second half goal mouth offering, and the Reds didn’t find an answer in staying fifth with 31 points.

West Brom moves 17th with 14 points.

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Roberto Firmino came close to opening the scoring in the 17th minute when Mohamed Salah‘s bounding pass met his side foot at the back post, but the Brazilian’s shot zipped across the goal.

Jonny Evans blocked Liverpool’s next best chance, as a ball from the left gave Salah a better than half chance to make it 1-0 in the 43rd minute.

The Reds looked destined for nothing, and felt even worse when Dominic Solanke’s inadvertent handling of a Joe Gomez cross into the goal was deemed intentional.

Ben Foster stopped an attempt and Evans blocked Solanke’s rebound as the Reds found sudden late life.

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Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Everton

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The 229th Merseyside Derby features some interesting lineup selections from the bosses of Liverpool and Everton (Watch live at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Anfield is the scene for Jurgen Klopp‘s choice of Dominic Solanke up top, Ragnar Klavan in the back, and both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho on the bench.

As for Everton, it’ll be Cuco Martina, Jonjoe Kenny, and Mason Holgate in a speedy back line with bed rock Ashley Williams. Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka both take seats on the bench.

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Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Solanke. Subs: Karius, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Coutinho, Can, Ings, Alexander-Arnold.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Martina, Holgate, Williams, Gana Gueye, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Niasse. Subs: Robles, Schneiderlin, Keane, Jagielka, Lennon, Vlasic, Lookman.

Salah stays hot, leads Liverpool past Stoke

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  • Mane scores opener
  • Crouch sees PK call unheeded
  • Mignolet escapes red card
  • Salah bags 2nd half brace

Liverpool moved into fifth place in the Premier League after a contentious 3-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane had it 1-0 at the half, and Mohamed Salah scored twice in the second half for the Reds, who move to 26 points.

Stoke drops to 16th, and sits just three points above the drop zone.

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The Reds went ahead through Mane, taking a pass from Dominic Solanke and chipping Lee Grant to make it 1-0.

Peter Crouch was lively, looking half his age in drawing several free kicks and even saw penalty shouts go unheeded after a hold up by Dejan Lovren.

And the home crowd was raging when Simon Mignolet chopped down Mame Biram Diouf in what could’ve been a red card but instead was yellow.

Solanke and Mane connected for a second chance, and the Senegalese sensation struck a shot off the bar in a bid for a brace.

The Reds were flirting with red on several occasions, including a series of testy exchanges involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The ex-Arsenal man was cautioned by his manager and then removed from the match in the 67th minute.

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