Behind yet another Jordan Henderson wonderstrike and a fine assist that set up a terrific Daniel Sturridge header, Liverpool beat Burnley 2-0 in a Premier League match at Anfield on Wednesday. The victory marked yet another impressive finish for Brendan Rodgers' side.
Henderson maintained his hot streak to put Liverpool ahead in the early stages of the match. The 24-year-old midfielder scored in the 29th minute with a hard shot from outside the box off, after a blocked Philippe Coutinho attempt bounced his way. The 25-yard shot tailed away from the outstretched hands of diving goalkeeper Tom Heaton and into the right corner of the goal to move the score to 1-0. Henderson scored on a similarly amazing shot from distance in Liverpool’s last match against Manchester City, when the Reds pulled off a 2-1 victory. The young star has played exceptionally well since taking over the captain armband from Steven Gerrard, who has been out since Feb. 10 with a hamstring injury.
Liverpool scored their second goal in the 51st minute on a beautiful header by forward Sturridge on a well-lofted ball by Henderson. Sturridge timed a run perfectly to slip behind the Burnley back line and Henderson found him with a looping cross. Sturridge then headed the ball into the net past Heaton to give Liverpool some breathing room.
Burnley were then in a hard position, left chasing an incredibly hot Liverpool side who have now gone unbeaten in their last 11 league matches. Despite desperate play, Burnley were no match for the Reds and couldn’t find a way to claw back into the competition. . The win will push Rodgers’ side back into fifth place past Southampton while Burnley remains stuck in the relegation zone.
Heaton was able to keep Burnley in the match during the first 45 minutes by making key saves, including stops on an early Henderson shot from distance and a Sturridge one-on-one. Sean Dyche’s side even nearly equalized on a 45th-minute set piece, in which striker Danny Ings got open on a back post run and nearly headed in a cross. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a nice save on the header.
Liverpool simply proved to be too much, however, controlling most of the possession and creating chances seemingly at will. It was a match that the Reds were heavily favored to win and they did not disappoint.
On Sunday, Liverpool host Blackburn Rovers in a quarterfinal FA Cup matchup, while Burnley host second-place Manchester City in a league match on March 14.