Liverpool were forced to “dig deep” for the win by a spirited Burnley side at Anfield on Saturday as they returned to the summit of the Premier League table.
Diogo Jota put the hosts ahead after half an hour, but Dara O’Shea levelled matters for the Clarets on the stroke of halftime.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off at the break with a knee injury, and was replaced by harvey Elliott, which turned out to be an inspired substitution.
Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez got on the scoresheet after the interval, with the youngster involved in both goals, to give Liverpool all three points.
“They came here with a clear gameplan and made it very difficult for us today, as they did in the home game,” Elliott told Sky Sports after the final whistle.
“They are a very tough team with a clear way of playing. Yet again we were able to dig deep and find the three points from somewhere. We were clinical when we needed to be and got the three points which is the important thing.
“It’s always a nice feeling to be top, especially after the last game. We needed to bounce back and show fight.
“There’s still a long way to go yet so we can’t get carried away. We just need to take it game by game. It’s always a confidence-booster when you’re top of the league. We just need to keep going now.
“I just think we need to take it game by game and putting in the performances. We need to keep winning and putting points on the board. That’s all we can do. We need to use today as a confidence boost into the next one. We can’t really look back. We will just keep marching forward.”
Manchester City had briefly leapfrogged Liverpool in the standings earlier in the day with a win over Everton, but the Reds retained their two-point lead at the top by beating Vincent Kompany’s men.