Liverpool FC largely cruised to a 2-0 victory away at Turf Moor, despite referee Paul Tierney’s best efforts to extend the game. Darwin Núñez and Diogo Jota bookended the game with goals in the early and closing minutes of the game to seal another three points, and grant the Reds a stay at the top of the table until Arsenal take on West Ham tomorrow night.
The man they called Darwizzy opened the scoring with a lovely cushioned finished from the edge of the box off a cutback from Cody Gakpo. Jota, who came on for Núñez in the 84th minute, did what he does best, slotting home from a tight angle after Luis Diaz carved up an opening with a back heel.
The goals were significant for rather different reasons — Nunez ended a 12-game-long goal drought, while Jota scored his 50th goal for the Reds.
Manager Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for both men and their efforts on the night:
“(Nunez) is an incredible finisher but if a striker doesn’t score, the whole system is not the same. You question everything. It’s not just the outside world, but you question everything. But it was just in the moment and he has it so it’s all good.”
“Diogo is an incredibly important player for us. Having him changed the whole dynamic, that’s true. The goal he scored today is the goal of a boy full of conviction,” Klopp added.
With the talismanic Mohamed Salah set to depart for the African Cup of Nations with Egypt after next Monday’s game against Newcastle, Klopp will surely be delighted to see two of his main men finding form at the right time. Up the top of the table Reds!