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Liverpool regained the lead at top of Premier League after defeating Burnley

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a deserved 3-1 victory over Burnley in front of a record attendance at Anfield.

Manchester City had climbed above the Reds earlier on Saturday thanks to Erling Haaland’s double in a 2-0 win over Everton, but a crowd of 59,896 roared Jurgen Klopp’s side back in front by two points

But Burnley, seven points adrift of safety, gave them an almighty scare after Diogo Jota had nodded the hosts in front with Dara O’Shea powering a brilliant header in at a corner before the break.

Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez celebrates with Harvey Elliott after the winning goal.

Caoimhin Kelleher started in goal for Liverpool in place of the sick Alisson and produced a smart save early on with his right hand to deny Zeki Amdouni, who had burst into the area past Virgil van Dijk, amid a bright start from the visitors.

Liverpool were sluggish and sloppy yet went ahead against the run of play just after the half-hour mark. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner lured goalkeeper James Trafford off his line but he failed in his attempts to catch the delivery which allowed Jota to head into an empty net.

That sparked the hosts into life with Diaz denied by Trafford from close range before Klopp was shown a yellow card for his protests when Jota was not awarded a penalty after going down in the box under pressure from Hannes Delcroix.

But on the stroke of half-time, Burnley grabbed the equaliser their performance deserved. Josh Brownhill’s out-swinging corner was powered into the top right corner by the head of O’Shea from 12 yards.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said addressing the media, “It was a difficult game with strange circumstances. It’s just with all the things that happened with players out, the goalkeeper stepping aside, it was the perfect afternoon – besides the Trent thing.”

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