Liverpool secured a second straight victory of the new Premier League campaign after easing to a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.
Diogo Jota, who scored the first goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory at Norwich last weekend, glanced in a header off a cross by left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas in the 18th minute in front of a delighted Kop.
Striker Sadio Mane sealed all three points with a first-time finish from a Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deft pass with just over 20 minutes to go.
Liverpool, who saw a Mohamed Salah strike ruled out for offside by VAR towards the end of the first half, were given a warning early in the second half when Ashley Barnes’s strike was correctly ruled out by the offside flag, but it wasn’t long before Jurgen Klopp’s side took firm control of the game.
Liverpool did not have things all their own way in the early stages at Anfield as Burnley started brightly.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced into a goal-line block to keep out Dwight McNeil’s powerful low drive just before an offside flag cut short the move and Alisson was forced into action at his near post to keep out Chris Wood’s goal-bound header.
However, it was Liverpool who took the lead in the 18th minute as all Burnley’s hard work was undone by some poor defending.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said: “The performance was good at times, there are still places where we can improve of course. Overall, we are delighted, it was great to have the fans back, they gave us a lift and we got the result and that is the most important thing.
“It keeps you going at times, the emotional side of it. Football was totally different last season without a crowd and now we have got the fans back; it is a different ball game and hopefully we can keep our fortress, if you like.”
Burnley, have lost five in a row in the Premier League for the first time ever — either side of the summer break — last doing so in any division in the 2008-09 Championship campaign.