Liverpool squad laud first defensive shut-out to head into the break in “perfect” fashion

1 September 2019

Liverpool players lauded a “top performance” which saw the side head into the international break with three points and their first clean sheet of the season.


A dominant and professional performance saw the Reds clinch a well-earned 3-0 victory at Burnley to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The win – which was the 13th straight in the league, a new club record – was secured through a spectacular deflection from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, with goals also coming the way of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Importantly, at the other end of the field, Liverpool notched their first clean sheet of the campaign to see Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the international break on a high.

And for Virgil van Dijk, the newly crowned UEFA Player of the Year, it was a performance and result which left him “delighted” as Burnley is notoriously a tough place to get a result.

The Dutch defender was similarly pleased with emerging from the game having successfully shut-out Burnley as he lauded the entire team’s success in defence when speaking to LFCTV:

“It’s a very tough fixture, I think everyone who comes here knows that. They have a clear plan: very direct, seconds balls, hard fight.

“I think we dealt with it pretty well so very delighted to take the three points with us and keep a clean sheet.

“I felt that even at 2-0 at the break they kept doing what they always do, and 2-0 is dangerous because if they score one they are going to go for it.

“I think they held on to that for a while in the second half but when we score for 3-0 it’s game over.

“We all defended properly [for the clean sheet]. It starts from the front and we’re all happy with it.”

Taking to Instagram following the game, Adrian was quick to celebrate “a great Saturday” which returned three points and his first clean sheet at the club while Gini Wijnaldum praised “another strong team performance”:

The Brazilian duo of Fabinho and Firmino similarly marked another three points in the bank with the former also remaining focused on the next test which lies in wait:

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Jordan Henderson was happy to share in Trent’s moment as he commemorated the victory, while the right-back himself simply labelled the win “a proper performance”:

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Meanwhile, James Milner made note of the impressive record of “13 in a row” to head into the break in perfect fashion.

And Van Dijk and Andy Robertson hailed the all-round performance and result as they looked ahead to their upcoming duties leading their country on the international stage:

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The result from Turf Moor was the perfect end to the first block of fixtures this season and ensures the confidence and morale within the side continues to head in only one direction.

A plethora of Reds will now go off in different directions to represent their respective countries before linking back up to prepare for Newcastle’s visit on September 14.

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