Liverpool 4 Burnley 0: match report

September 12, 2009

Titian“Slowly, the haze is lifting, the wounds are healing. Liverpool’s woes are well-documented, their early season troubles endlessly picked apart. They may have been written off as title contenders from inside and out, but if their last win, against Bolton, showed their spirit, this destruction of Burnley detailed their class. Rafa Benitez’s side are not yet finished.” (Telegraph)

Aurelio ready to return
“Liverpool expect to have Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio back in their squad for the first time this season against Burnley, after his recovery from knee surgery in the summer. Aurelio has played in two practice matches in recent days and will at least be on the bench for the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield.” (ESPN)

Liverpool 4 – 0 Burnley
“A Yossi Benanyoun hat-trick inspired a dominant Liverpool to a comfortable victory over Burnley at Anfield. The midfielder cut inside Graham Alexander and slid in a shot across keeper Brian Jensen for the opener. Jensen could only parry Benayoun’s shot at the end of a swift counter-attack and Dirk Kuyt slotted in the loose ball to extend the Reds’ lead.” (BBC)

Rafa: Yossi is an Example to Others
“Rafa Benitez labelled Yossi Benayoun an example to the rest of his squad after the Israeli struck a hat-trick to sink Burnley on Saturday. Dirk Kuyt was the other scorer in a deserved 4-0 win – but it was Benayoun who Benitez singled out as an example of how those on the fringes can go on to play a crucial role. The No.15 spent the first half of last season on the peripheries but is now a central figure at Anfield.” (Liverpool FC)

Yossi Benayoun overwhelms Burnley with second Liverpool hat-trick
“On the eve of this match, Pepe Reina had described Liverpool’s chances of winning the title as being “unrealistic”. That may be the case but on a sun-kissed day at Anfield, the hosts’ attempts to at least remain contenders this season continued to warm up. Gone here were the horrors of Liverpool’s last league match at home – the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa – and instead Rafael Benítez’s side displayed the relentlessness and deadliness to suggest they can better last season’s second-place finish. Bar a first-minute strike from Martin Paterson that slide just wide of Reina’s near post, Liverpool were rarely threatened by the visitors.” (Guardian)