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Liverpool player ratings vs Burnley as Harvey Elliott outstanding and two others very good

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Ian Doyle provides his Liverpool player ratings after the 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley at Anfield.

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a hard-earned 3-1 home victory over relegation-threatened Burnley.

Diogo Jota’s header was equalised on the stroke of half-time by Dara O’Shea before second-half strikes by Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez sent the Reds two points clear of Manchester City at the summit.

And here’s how we rated the Liverpool players on an afternoon in which there was a record crowd at Anfield for a league game of 59,896.

Caoimhin Kelleher 8

Brave to save at the feet of Amdouni early on and even better stop from Fofana after break. Confident with distribution – one momentary slip aside – and no chance with equaliser.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 

Looked to get Liverpool going during slow opening and delivered fine corner for the opener. Half-time substitution a worry, though.

Jarell Quansah 7

Tidy enough first half but coaxed into one needless tackle. Better as Burnley pressed second half, particularly in the air, and one shot on turn just wide.

Virgil van Dijk 6

Somewhat unconvincing during early stages but settled after that. Had header saved by Trafford in closing quarter.

Andy Robertson 7

One shot blocked at close range first half and understandably looked a little rusty at times. Corner deliveries caused problems and improved as game progressed. Subbed.

Wataru Endo 7

Tidied up regularly in front of back four and willing to put foot in, and stepped up at start of second half when Liverpool needed injection of tempo. Lost man for equaliser, though. Booked and subbed.

Alexis Mac Allister 6

Playing on the right of midfield three, wasn’t involved as much as of late before break. Shifted to left at half-time and steady rather than spectacular. Subbed.

Curtis Jones 7

Saw a lot of the ball on the left edge of the engine room but not much incision first half. More than decent when moving to right-back second half.

Diogo Jota 7

Opened the scoring with well-taken header and among those thwarted by Trafford second half. Involved in third goal and always busy.

Darwin Nunez 7

Created chance for Diaz during intermittent first half display, but showed up after break and put in real shift playing on shoulder of last defender which was rewarded with good header for third. Missed chance for another late on.

Luis Diaz 8

Like many team-mates, started slowly but began to push his marker back with constant probing down the left. Forced good save from Trafford and stooped well to head in second. Subbed.

SUBS.

Harvey Elliott (for Alexander-Arnold 46) 9

Made instant impact with his energy and care in possession, and put in inviting crosses for the second and third goals. Helped changed the game.

Cody Gakpo (for Diaz 82)

Lively cameo from the Dutchman.

James McConnell (for Endo 90+7)

Another outing for the teenager.

Bobby Clark (for Mac Allister 90+7)

More Premier League minutes for the youngster.

Kostas Tsimikas (for Robertson 90+7)

Welcome return for the Greek.

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