Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

1 September 2019

Liverpool dispatched of Burnley 3-0 in impressive fashion on Saturday, with several Reds standing out at Turf Moor.


This was seen as a potential banana skin for Jurgen Klopp‘s team, but they produced an imperious showing, returning to the top of the Premier League with maximum points.

Chris Wood’s own goal got the ball rolling, as Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s cross clipped the striker and looped into the net, before Sadio Mane doubled the lead before half-time.

Roberto Firmino killed the game off late in the day, as Liverpool leapfrogged Man City, outlining their title credentials once more.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, Sky Sports, FotMob and the TIA readers.

Firmino (8.6) was outstanding against a burly Clarets outfit, comfortably earning the highest average rating.

Not only did the Brazilian find the net late on, but he laid-on an assist for Mane and shone with his all-round brilliance.

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson felt Firmino was “a joy to watch”, tipping him as “arguably Liverpool’s Player of the Month for August.”

Ian Doyle of the Echo thought the 27-year-old “deserved his ovation on being replaced”, as he again showed why he is one of the world’s best strikers.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk (8.1) was a rock at the heart of the Reds’ defence, keeping the dangerous duo of Ashley Barnes and Wood quiet, alongside the more unsung Joel Matip (7.3).

He was Liverpool’s second-highest-rated individual, with the Mirror‘s David Anderson correctly stating that “nothing got past UEFA’s imperious newly-crowned Player of the Year.”

Scooping the bronze medal in the ‘prestigious’ TIA Ratings Olympics was Mane (7.6), who was a menace to Burnley‘s defence throughout.

Jackson believes “few left-sided players in world football are more devastating” at the moment, while Doyle lauded his composure in front of goal.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates the first goal with team-mates captain Jordan Henderson, Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On day when no Liverpool player was worse than adequate, Andy Robertson (6.9) and Gini Wijnaldum (6.9) received the joint-lowest average rating.

Both were more efficient than anything, although FotMob interestingly had Wijnaldum down as the Reds’ best-performing midfielder.

There’s now two weeks to wait until Liverpool play again, with the first international break of the season taking place next weekend.

Up next for the Reds is a home game against Newcastle on September 14 (12.30pm BST).

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