Mark Lawrenson delivers verdict on Liverpool win v Burnley, slates 21-year-old
By Will Butcher
Mark Lawrenson has applauded Liverpool for finally being able to win ugly against one of the Premier League’s smaller sides.
The Reds secured a 2-1 victory against Burnley at Anfield on Sunday, with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can enough to cancel out Ashley Barnes’ opener.
Speaking to BBC One’s broadcast of Match of the Day 2, Lawrenson praised his old side for winning “ugly” but lambasted 21-year-old striker Divock Origi’s performance.
“It was the biggest game of the season for Liverpool today,” Lawrenson said. ” The Arsenal win has disappeared quickly. It is difficult with players behind the ball but today is a huge win for the football club.
“Origi really didn’t play very well, they got lucky in the final third. Burnley did little wrong, but winning matches ugly has been missing this season. Today was a huge, huge win.”
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Liverpool have lost to the likes of Swansea, Hull and Leicester since the turn of the year, winning just three Premier League matches out of nine games in 2017.
It looked like that trend was set to continue, when Matt Lowton’s defence-splitting pass found Barnes who fired home in just the seventh minute.
However, Wijnaldum equalised after a cross was not dealt with by the Burnley defence, allowing the Dutchman to slam home the ball from close range.
With Liverpool having little success in breaking down the Clarets, Germany international Can opted to shoot from long range and found the bottom corner to earn all three points.
Jurgen Klopp’s side next face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with the chance to leapfrog both City and Tottenham as they are yet to play their game in hand.
In other Liverpool news, Wijnaldum has sent his Twitter message to fans after the win.