Liverpool are one win away from qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League after defeating Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.
Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the net as the Reds picked up a vital win heading into the final weekend of fixtures.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were full value of their victory, creating 20 shots on goal and having most of the possession against a well organised Burnley defence that consisted of Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 43rd minute when Andy Robertson’s cross towards the middle of the box was met by Firmino, who fired a low first-time shot past Will Norris into the bottom right corner.
Phillips doubled the Reds’ lead seven minutes into the second half with a powerful header.
Sadio Mane picked up possession on the left flank following a Liverpool corner, and the Senegal international’s cross found Phillips in the box, with the English defender steering a strong header into the roof of the net.
The Liverpool centre half then made a vital goal-line clearance at the other end to deny Mee a goal from a Dwight McNeil corner.
Substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain put the game beyond Burnley’s reach in the dying minutes
The English midfielder dribbled past Taylor, wrong-footing the defender twice, before opening up space and drilling a low shot past Norris at the near post to wrap up an emphatic victory for the 2019/20 Premier League champions.
The result sees Liverpool leapfrog Leicester City, who now occupy fifth place ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Liverpool are level with the Foxes – who take on Spurs on the final day – on points, but have a four-goal advantage when it comes to goal difference.
A win over Crystal Palace on Sunday will guarantee Champions League football for Klopp’s team.