Player Ratings: Burnley 2-0 Liverpool

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These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Burnley’s home clash versus Liverpool in the Premier League.

Burnley

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Tom Heaton – 6.5

A solid performance from the England hopeful, offering confidence to his backline when called upon and a small collection of saves made up against long-range shots.

Matthew Lowton – 7

The ex-Aston Vill full back gambled on sitting narrow and invited James Milner forward, blocking just about every cross the Liverpool man attempted.

Michael Keane – 8

A totally imperious performance from the Manchester United academy graduate, who seemed to be a magnet for the ball at the heart of Burnley’s defence.

Ben Mee – 7.5

Keane’s partner in crime, Mee was equally as effective in safeguarding Heaton’s net.

Stephen Ward – 6

Ward followed on from his defensive counterparts, which was all that could have been expected from him.

Scott Arfield – 6

An incredibly sacrificial performance from Arfield, who essentially acted as a second left back.

Steven Defour – 7

Despite lasting just 55 minutes, Burnley’s new signing was all-action at both ends, powering his way through Liverpool’s midfield in the first half to assist Andre Gray.

Dean Marney – 7

The midfielder was on-song with his team mates, putting in a real shift and preventing Liverpool from finding their way into Burnley’s box.

George Boyd – 6.5

Another to sacrifice his habitual influence for the greater good of his team, Boyd completed the two deep blocks of four at Turf Moor.

Andre Gray – 7.5

The match winner at the other end, Gray opened his account for the new season, on top of assisting Vokes for Burnley’s first goal of the game. Gray continued to be a valued outlet for counters throughout the game.

Sam Vokes – 6.5

It was one of those games where the striker, naturally, saw little of the ball, but Vokes made sure it counted when he did finally come into play, scoring and setting the tone for Burnley as early as the 3rd minute.

Subs:

Johann Gudmundsson – 5.5

Gudmundsson came into the game at a difficult time, but the Iceland international, other than adding to the work ethic, did provide options on the attack, too.

Lukas Jutkiewicz – N/A

Liverpool

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Simon Mignolet – 5

The Belgian perhaps could have done better to prevent Gray from scoring with a low-placed finish, but he was pretty much powerless, otherwise.

Nathaniel Clyne – 5

Clyne provided avenues on the right flank, as always, but every cross of his found a Burnley shirt.

Dejan Lovren – 5

Often stretched, but made no alarming mistakes.

Ragner Klavan – 4

A deep contrast to his Premier League debut versus Arsenal, Klavan struggled to cope with Gray all afternoon.

James Milner – 5.5

A tricky afternoon for Milner covering at left back, who was controlled by Lowton all game.

Jordan Henderson – 4.5

The Liverpool captain’s struggles were very apparent, failing to add penetration from deep and, at times, landing himself into trouble with misplaced passes and poor control.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5

Completely ineffectual throughout, which is understandable considering the sheer amount of players retreating into his area of action.

Adam Lallana – 5.5

The former Southampton star was fairly lively, but added to the growing list of players who failed to inflict damage.

Philippe Coutinho – 5.5

Completely limited to shots from range, but only once worked the goalkeeper with the numerous efforts he had, ultimately adding to Liverpool’s frustrations.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Burnley’s solidity forced the Brazilian to look for involvement and space from deep, minimising his threat.

Daniel Sturridge – 5

Totally gridlocked inside the box, Sturridge’s rare occasions on the ball came from deep and out wide. Ultimately, away from danger zones. Didn’t look fully fit.

Subs:

Divock Origi – 4.5

Origi’s presence went unnoticed in the 30 minutes of game time afforded to him.

Alberto Moreno – N/A

Marko Grujić – N/A