• Date: Sun 25 April 2010
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 21,553
0 - 4
Liverpool

Liverpool

Gerrard (52)

Gerrard (59)

Maxi Rodriguez (74)

Babel (90)

Burnley vs Liverpool

Team Lineups

Burnley

Brian Jensen
Michael Duff
Tyrone Mears
Leon Cort
Danny Fox
Jack Cork
Graham Alexander (Robbie Blake, 64)
Wade Elliott
Steven Fletcher
Martin Paterson (Chris Eagles, 71)
David Nugent (Steven Thompson, 77)

Liverpool

Jose Manuel Reina
Glen Johnson
Daniel Agger (Leiva Lucas, 78)
Jamie Carragher
Daniel Sanchez Ayala
Alberto Aquilani
Steven Gerrard (Daniel Pacheco, 82)
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez
Ryan Babel
Javier Mascherano
Dirk Kuyt (Yossi Benayoun, 48)

Match Report
A barrage of second-half goals sealed Burnley's immediate return to the Championship as Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 victory at Turf Moor. The challenge was always an enormous one with Burnley the smallest club ever to be promoted to the Premier League and ultimately the size of the task has proved too much for both the Clarets' original manager at the start of the season, Owen Coyle, and more latterly his replacement, Brian Laws. Liverpool owed much of their victory to the quality provided by skipper Steven Gerrard, whose two strikes early in the second half proved decisive in swinging the match in favour of Rafa Benitez's team. Burnley may have hoped that the Merseysiders would have been a little leg weary following their excursion to Madrid in midweek for the Europa league, but it was the visitors who started brightly, forcing three early corners. It was Gerrard who forced the first save of the game from Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, while another goalbound shot from the England international was blocked inadvertently by referee Phil Dowd. At the other end, from a Martin Paterson cross, striker Steven Fletcher headed over from six yards. Burnley also had the best opportunity of the opening half with another cross from the right, this time delivered by Tyrone Mears, who found the head of on-loan midfielder Jack Cork only for Jose Reina to palm the ball away. However, the result was never really in any doubt once Gerrard had put Liverpool in front, picking up possession in the inside left channel he turned the ball on to his right foot and struck a low shot to the right-hand side of Jensen, which found the goalkeeper completely flat-footed. Gerrard's second was an outstanding strike curled with the inside of his right boot high into the net, leaving Jensen with no chance whatsoever. Burnley bravely tried to respond knowing that at this stage their struggle for survival was over with strikers David Nugent and Fletcher both bringing saves from Reina. Fletcher was unlucky when he chested the ball down on to his left foot and struck a shot which beat Reina but struck the goalkeeper's left-hand upright. Liverpool increased their lead when Alberto Aquilani played a lovely ball inside Burnley substitute Robbie Blake for Maxi Rodriguez to convert in some style. To rub salt in to the wounds the home team conceded again in the final minute of stoppage time as Ryan Babel's shot just had enough on it to beat Jensen.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The final whistle goes and its all over for Burnley as the Clarets are relegated from the Premiership. Liverpool dominated the second half, and with Gerrard and Co in fine scoring form, Burnley have been confined to Championship football.

90
Goal
 

Ryan Babel scores! The Liverpool man seems to beat the offside trap, and is able to put the ball past Jensen to add further misery to Burnley's day.

90

4 minutes of stoppage time to be added.

89

Great 2nd half performance from Liverpool however, Gerrard and company showing people that they are still in the hunt for Champions League football next season.

86

Not long until it becomes official, Burnley will be playing Championship football next season.

83

And that's Gerrard's last act of the game as he is now replaced by Daniel Pacheco.

82

Gerrard has a chance for the hat-trick with a free-kick in a dangerous position, but his effort is saved by Jensen.

80
Yellow Card
 

Michael Duff fouls Alberto Aquilani and is booked as a result.

79
Substitution
 

Lucas comes on to replace Agger for Liverpool, while Thompson replaces Nugent for Burnley.

75
Goal
 

Maxi Rodriguez scores! Aqualini provided the assist into the box, and from an acute angle, Maxi strikes home and all but finishes the game, and Burnley off.

74

Fletcher hits the post! Great chance for Burnley there, but it seems its all going to be in vein.

73
Substitution
 

Chris Eagles is on for Martin Paterson.

68

Liverpool begin to play possession football and attempt to keep control of the ball as well as the tempo of the game.

65

It seems its all but over for Burnley now, 2 goals from Gerrard may be the final nail in the Clarets Premiership coffin.

63
Substitution
 

Robbie Blake is on for Graham Alexander.

60
Goal
 

Steven Gerrard scores! Thats 2 for the Liverpool midfielder now. Alberto Aquilani slips and cant control the ball, Gerrard picks it up on the edge of the box and slams it home to double the Reds lead.

57

Burnley cant convert a chance from a dangerous corner ball in. The home fans have taken a big blow to the heart here, they need 2 goals in half an hour to keep their slim hopes of staying up.

53
Goal
 

Steven Gerrard scores! Gerrard was on the edge of the box, the England star looked up and struck the ball towards goal, the ball seems to take a telling deflection of Mears, and Liverpool take an important lead.

50

Mears has a decent effort on goal from a Burnley free-kick in a dangerous area, Reina saves well low to the ground.

48
Substitution
 

First change of the game as Yossi Benayoun replaces Dirk Kuyt, who seems to have taken an early knock.

Second half
 

The second half kicks off. Liverpool started the first half the brighter, but Burnley ended the half on top, and the Claret fans will believe they can beat Liverpool on their current performance.

Half time
 

The sides head into the break with the game goal less and with neither side really on top. Burnley however have had 2 good chances and will fully believe they can win the game.

45

Babel is left unmarked at the back post, but he cant get any power on his effort when the ball reaches him. Slack defending from Burnley.

45
Yellow Card
 

Gerrard is booked for a bad tackle on Elliot.

43

Jack Cork has a great chance with a free header in the Liverpool box, but Reina saves well.

42

Kuyt has the ball in a dangerous position in the middle of the park, but his control and touch is poor and he loses posession, the Dutchman has had a poor first half.

40

Carragher makes a great block on an attempted Fletcher shot on goal.

38

Liverpool have failed to win away from home in their last 7 League games, and at 0-0, Burnley will be hoping to continue that run.

34

Burnley appeal for a handball against Glen Johnson, but the referee waves away the protests. Burnley still failing to create much in the way of sustained pressure or chances.

31

A couple of chances in as many minutes for Liverpool, Alberto Aquilani has his header cleared away, while Gerrard hits his shot on the turn straight at Jensen.

29
Yellow Card
 

Cork is cautioned for a late foul on Agger.

27

Burnley have a great chance, Paterson puts in a great cross for Fletcher, but the Burnely man heads over the bar.

24

Liverpool have been the slightly better of the sides, but both teams seem to be playing with alot of nervous energy so far.

21

Burnley waste a free-kick that was awarded after a foul on Fletcher, and that certainly typifies Burnley so far in this game.

18

Babel has a shot on goal and it goes just wide of the post. The Liverpool man ran at Mears and got the shot off, but couldn't test Jensen in the Burnley goal.

15

Liverpool showing no signs of fatigue after Thursday's game and resulting trips to and from Madrid. Burnley yet to mount a serious attack on Reina's goal.

12

Liverpool the more dominant of the teams though, Alberto Aquilani puts in a great cross, but just goes over the heads of his team mates in the box.

8

Not any real chances of note yet in the opening exchanges. Burnley are certainly being spured on by a fantasitc home crowd in fine voice.

5

Mears makes a great tackle on Babel to concede a corner, which is then well cleared by the home side.

3

Burnley have occupied a relegation spot for over 2 months now,a defeat or even a draw today would confirm that for Burnley, however the Clarets have taken some big scalps at Turf Moor this season,and will be hoping they can add Liverpool to the list.

Kickoff
 

This must win match for both sides gets underway with Phil Dowd the man in charge,

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Liverpool make 4 changes from the teams defeat to Athletico Madrid on Thursday. Kyrgiakos, Benayoun & Lucas drop to the bench and Ngog is out injured as Aquilani, Ayala, Maxi and Babel all make the starting lineup.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Liverpool starting XI: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Ayala, Agger, Maxi, Aquilani, Mascherano, Babel, Gerrard, Kuyt

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Brian Laws make one change from the loss at Sunderland last week as David Nugent comes in for Eagles, who drops to the bench, as Burnley start with; Jensen, Mears, Duff, Cort, Fox, Cork, Alexander, Elliott, Paterson, Steven Fletcher, Nugent