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Liverpool move into top four with crucial win at Burnley

PREMIER LEAGUE By Reuters | May 20th 2021
Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring their third goal with teammates [Reuters, Martin Rickett]

Liverpool moved into the Champions League qualifying spots after a 3-0 win at Burnley on Wednesday took them above Leicester City and into fourth place with one round of Premier League matches remaining.

Roberto Firmino struck two minutes before halftime and a Nathaniel Phillips header made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute before a superb late strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a fourth straight win.

The victory moves Liverpool onto 66 points, ahead of fifth-placed Leicester on goal difference while Chelsea are third on 67 points.

Burnley enjoyed the better of the first half but the visitors grabbed the lead when Sadio Mane fed Andy Robertson on the left and his low cross was expertly slotted home by Firmino.

Phillips eased any lingering Liverpool nerves with a firm header at the back post from a Mane cross from the left before a fine individual effort from substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up the win.

Juergen Klopp's side face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday while Chelsea are at Aston Villa and Leicester are at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Champions Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United have already secured Champions League qualification.

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