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Summary

  1. Win puts Liverpool five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal
  2. Barnes had given visitors shock early lead
  3. Wijnaldum & Can rescue win for Liverpool
  4. Leicester appoint Shakespeare until end of season

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

The wait for a Burnley away win goes on - but the Clarets will take heart from the fact that they end the weekend in 12th place.

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'Mightily frustrating'

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Burnley

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, speaking to BBC Sport:  "We went about the game well, there are a lot of positives to take but it still hurts. We started well and scored first but conceded at a bad time and then unfortunately one of their only shots on target went in. 

"As he [Emre Can] shaped to hit it Ben Mee and Sadio Mane were just in my line of vision so I was a bit delayed getting down to it and I'm mightily frustrated but we created a few half chances at the end and could have come away with something. 

"Overall the performances away from home have been much better. At the start of the season they were below our standards, but we are giving everything we can to get three points away from home." 

'Tough to take'

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Burnley

Sean Dyche
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to BBC Sport: "It's a tough one to take, because everyone gave a really good account of ourselves and went up with a sublime goal, but it's a tough place to come. Their first was a soft one to concede before half-time, and the second one we're disappointed with but we gave a really good account of ourselves. We just needed a scratch of luck along the way. 

"Our defence was good, they scored with their first effort on target. Barnes had a good chance to score an equaliser and Lowton too. We wanted to put them under pressure in their box, we did that with playing some good football too but we know we haven't won away and we want to correct that. It's not easy when you've got question marks over you but there were clean minds and strength of character today, we have to continue that way." 

Closing in...

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Ashley Barnes
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Ashley Barnes (10) is now just one goal short of tying with Danny Ings (11) for the most Premier League goals for Burnley.

Danny Ings is of course a Liverpool player these days - though injury has restricted him to three Premier League starts for the Reds in two seasons. 

'Not the most memorable game'

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Liverpool

More from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:  "Burnley were always in the game, it was intense and we had to fight. We had some moments, it was not only luck that we scored before half-time and it was a wonderful goal from Emre Can.

"It is clear we have to do a few things better. We were not at our absolute best but we fought. I liked it, it is this kind of game we haven't won until now. It feels kind of strange a little bit. Not the most memorable game but a very nice three points."  

'A massive three points'

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Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: "The performance was good enough to win the game but the result is massive for us, it's the first ugly game we have won.

"Usually when we are not that good we lose. I said before the game that Burnley are the most consistent team in style; they play what they play. They fight for the second balls, long balls, but Simon Mignolet came out for us which was so important."

'An important win'

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Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can speaking to Sky Sports:  "It was a really important win and we are happy to get the three points.

"Second half we played better but they were good in the air and were dangerous. 

"I don't score too much so it is good but it's the three points that matter".

'We were also lucky'

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Liverpool

Wijnaldum
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Liverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum:   "It was difficult in the beginning especially because they scored a goal in the first few minutes, but we just tried to fight and do everything to win the game.

"We were better in the second half but we were also a bit lucky; previous games we played like this we lost, but then we didn't have the fighting spirit. At this stage of the season it's better to collect points no matter how. We did it before against the bigger teams and we will try to do it again."

'We were in control'

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Burnley

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, speaking to Sky Sports: "To come away with a loss is disappointing because we were in control in the first half, they didn’t create much. Conceding on half-time was a bug-bear but our performance was good.   

"Our gameplan worked, but unfortunately we’ve come away with a loss. We need to take the positives and the negatives what to work on in the week. We will dust ourselves down and go again."

Liverpool for the Champions League?

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That win keeps Liverpool in pole position for a place in the top four - although Arsenal do now have two games in hand. 

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Michael Keane dominated both penalty areas at Anfield. Everton were among the clubs linked with him in January - can the Clarets keep the centre-half through the summer?

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16 – Liverpool have now won 16 Premier League games this season; equalling their tally of wins for the entire 2015-16 season. Growth.

'An enormous win for Liverpool'

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed with that performance but it's all about the result. They are now five points clear of Arsenal. 

That is an enormous result. They were desperately poor and Burnley will wonder how they didn't get a thing out of this. 

They were brilliantly organised. I thought first half they bullied the Liverpool centre halves. They will want another couple of wins and their home form will probably see them home and dry.

Jurgen Klopp
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Amongst the criticism levelled at Liverpool, some praise.

That's the fourth time this season that Jurgen Klopp's side have come from behind to win a Premier League match. The most by any team in the division.

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Liverpool rather got away with one there. For the first 45 minutes they were all over the shop. That goal right on half time was a massive turning point. 

When will Burnley win away from home?

FULL-TIME

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CLOSE!

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Burnley windmill a long throw into the area, it's flicked on, headed out flicked back on again to Matt Lowton beyond the far post, the bounce takes it to an awkward height - and he slashes over the top!

A huge - if not easy - chance! 

INJURY TIME

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FOUR minutes added on...

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Mane should have put the game to bed there. 

Clever ball but it's a decent save from Heaton. 

GREAT SAVE!

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That should be that! Liverpool work the ball neatly, Emre Can chips it over the last defender to Sadio Mane, his first touch isn't perfect and he has to shovel a shot away from under his feet, but Tom Heaton is equal to it and pushes it over. 

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Liverpool break away, catching Burnley with just two men back but Ben Woodburn's cutback is blocked away for a corner.

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Burnley have got nine men in the Liverpool half, you can't fault them for giving this a go. Unfortunately Ben Mee shanks the ball out of play.

Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool are the sort of team that turn up against Manchester City next week and play them off the park. 

The sides who sit in - those are the sides who Liverpool don't like playing. 

Robbie Brady
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Ashley Barnes provokes a reaction from Ragnar Klavan as he picks him up from the floor by his ears, after Robbie Brady slammed a shot well over the top. Burnley are going to stick on two away points all season by the look of it. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Lucas is on for Divock Origi as Liverpool look to shut this one out. They have not played well at all this afternoon but they are within sight of victory.

Burnley send on Sam Vokes in place of Andre Gray. 

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Alan Green and Chris Sutton's commentary line went all 'Eastern Europe 1980s' there, lots of distortion on the line and we've lost them for a moment.

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Another strong punch from Simon Mignolet brings rich applause from Anfield. He's been examined by some direct balls into the box and has come through well so far. 

SUBSTITUTION

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George Boyd must have run a half marathon or more today, he's been up and down the line all day. He comes off for the last 20 minutes or so with record signing Robbie Brady on.

Memo to Liverpool's defenders: DO NOT give away free-kicks on the edge of the area. 

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool are starting to dictate the pace of the game now, for the first time this afternoon. 

I think the second goal has settled them down a little bit.   

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We haven't seen much of Ben Woodburn since he came on and was parked out on the left wing but that is nice, the 17-year-old shaping in a dangerous cross toward the far post but not completing to Divock Origi.

Ben Woodburn
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Sean Dyche is now on the sideline barking out orders, the Clarets are seeing more of the ball and are pinning Liverpool back in their own half. The roles are somewhat reversed.

Simon Mignolet does really well to come and punch clear, clattering Ben Mee in the process. 

Shoooootttttt!!!!

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21 – Since Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge, Liverpool have scored more PL goals from outside the box than any other team (21). Arrow.

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Liverpool have scored with both of their shots on target this afternoon, and if they do take three points they will be five points ahead of Arsenal, having played two games more.

The race and chase for the top four will go on for two months yet. 

'Good to win ugly'

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

I'm not convinced the keeper did everything he could there. It was the best part of 30 yards out and I think Heaton will be disappointed he didn't take another step. It wasn't the strongest of shots. 

But it's good to win ugly sometimes. 

YELLOW CARD

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Emre Can is booked straight from the restart - and there's a chance for Burnley!

The free-kick is nodded down by Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes has a shot from 10 yards. Great block by Ragnar Klavan! 

Can finds the corner

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There didn't appear to be much on as a throw is rolled to Emre Can about 30 yards from goal, but the Germany international bends a low shot around Ben Mee and right into the bottom corner.

It wasn't the cleanest of strikes, and Tom Heaton will be asked questions, but if you see it from behind the goal that was a superbly accurate strike and Heaton just couldn't get there. 

GOAL - Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Emre Can

Who saw that coming?

SUBSTITUTION

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Philippe Coutinho is replaced by teenager Ben Woodburn and that's no real surprise. His number 10 has been more of a one today. 

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Philippe Coutinho hits the first man with one corner and then puts a second one clean out the back of the penalty area. Not his day.