The Reds conceded their first league goal since the start of February when Ashley Westwood’s corner evaded Alisson, who was pinned down by two Clarets players.
But a brace from Roberto Firmino and a well-taken strike from Sadio Mane gave the hosts a comfortable lead, with Mohamed Salah pushing for a record 50th strike in the English top flight for Liverpool.
It wasn’t to be for the Egyptian, and his side endured a late scare as Johann Berg Gudmundsson beat Alisson to make it 3-2, only for Mane to polish off the game with a tap-in on the break in stoppage time.
On a wild afternoon at Anfield the result was all that mattered, and the Reds have now kept the pressure on City in the title race.
Referee Andre Marriner came in for criticism for the opener…
— Joke Referee (@JokeReferee) March 10, 2019
I know we joke about how you can’t go within a foot of goalkeepers in the box, but in what universe is that NOT a foul on Alisson? Andre Marriner is looking right at it! #LFC
— Ash Wilkinson (@AshWilkinson90) March 10, 2019
Absolute shocker from Andre Marriner
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) March 10, 2019
“Their first goal was sad refereeing! Outfield player gets a free for being jumped on. Bring on VAR!”
– Shayne Rochfort on Facebook.
Andre Marriner fully convincing me today of why VAR needs to be used in football….
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) March 10, 2019
Lallana returned to the side and produced an impressive display…
Adam Lallana the pick of Liverpool’s midfielders so far. Fairly scrappy game in the middle of the park but his work rate and pressing has been excellent.
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) March 10, 2019
Keita on for Lallana, who gets a great ovation.
Deserved, too. Not the most popular inclusion (on Twitter), but he's been really good today Lallana.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 10, 2019
Keïta on for Lallana now. God job. Good effort. Colour us surprised, all things considered.
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) March 10, 2019
Excellent performance from Lallana. Proved me wrong. There’s life in the old dog yet.
Unlike a lot of people on here, I love being proved wrong by players. Really glad he’s made me look stupid.
— And Could He Play (@andcouldheplay7) March 10, 2019
“Where’s all the Lallana haters?
“Fair play to him.”
– Gavin Denning on Facebook.
All for 2016 Adam Lallana making a return
— James Dutton (@jrgdutton) March 10, 2019
If Adam Lallana can stay fit, LFC have a huge addition for last few games on this evidence.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) March 10, 2019
Doubles for Bobby and Mane earned big praise…
Firmino is the definition of a gunman.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) March 10, 2019
“The player we need to be in form the most is Bobby and today he was more like his old self. When Bobby plays well so does Liverpool.”
– T.C.B. on the forums.
Mane’s recent scoring run absolutely priceless. Lallana defiantly answering his post-derby critics, when on song he offers so much to this side. Liverpool stay right in it. #LFCdigest
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) March 10, 2019
— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) March 10, 2019
Sadio Mané has eight goals in his last nine starts. Started firing for us when we needed it most. pic.twitter.com/UfTAJhvC7t
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) March 10, 2019
Mane is going to win us the league
— Steven (@Ste_Halliwell11) March 10, 2019
And fans’ hopes were retained in the title race…
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) March 10, 2019
“Let’s keep this up and hope City mess up. Have faith Reds YNWA.”
– Phillip Beeby on Facebook.
3 points and on we go #LFC
— Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) March 10, 2019
These Reds are bottling nothing. Responded twice to conceding and got the job done. 8 to go and it doesn't matter how we win – just win GET IN REDMEN!!!
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) March 10, 2019
“3 points is all that matters atm. Needed to stay in touch with City and we did just that.”
– LFCFFC on the forums.
— Brian Irvine (@btirvine) March 10, 2019