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  • Gerrard (52), Gerrard (59), Maxi Rodriguez (74), Babel (90)
  • Date:2010-04-25
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Turf Moor
  • Attendance:21553
  • Referee:Dowd, P

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

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.

90mins

4 minutes of stoppage time to be added.

89mins

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.

86mins

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

83mins

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

82mins

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

80mins

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

79mins

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

75mins

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.

74mins

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

73mins

Chris Eagles is on for Martin Paterson.

68mins

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

65mins

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

63mins

Robbie Blake is on for Graham Alexander.

60mins

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.

57mins

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.

53mins

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.

50mins

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

48mins

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

45mins

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.

45mins

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.

45mins

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.

45mins

Gerrard is booked for a bad tackle on Elliot.

43mins

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

42mins

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.

40mins

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

38mins

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.

34mins

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.

31mins

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.

29mins

Cork is cautioned for a late foul on Agger.

27mins

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

24mins

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

21mins

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

18mins

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.

15mins

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.

12mins

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.

8mins

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.

5mins

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

3mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Burnley will hope to rekindle their fading hopes of avoiding relegation to the Championship with a victory over a recently-improved Liverpool side at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

The Clarets proved a tough side to defeat at Turf Moor earlier this season, with victories over Manchester United and Everton and a draw with Arsenal, but their recent form in front of their home support has been woeful - they've picked up just one point from their last 15 available.

Despite this, Brian Laws' side have only failed to find the net in one of their 17 league games at Turf Moor so far this term.

Liverpool have been as equally poor away from home of late; failing to win any of their last seven games in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez's outfit have scored only two goals in their last six away league games and without Fernando Torres - who is out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery - their attacking qualities have been seriously weakened.

The Reds enjoyed a great 4-0 win over Burnley earlier this season at Anfield with Yossi Benayoun scoring a 55 minute hat-trick.

However, the Clarets will be buoyed by the fact that Liverpool have won just one of their nine trips to play them in all competitions.

As well as Torres, Liverpool will be missing two other players for definite in Emiliano Insua and Martin Kelly, while Martin Skrtel could return to the squad.


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.

Burnley

Liverpool

Corners

45

Fouls

1412

Goal attempts

1412

Shots off target

95

Offsides

11

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