Liverpool left it really late to grab all three points on New Year’s Day as they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor to kick off 2018 on a positive note.
The Reds dominated the first half without being incisive enough, but finally got their breakthrough at the hour mark, with a fantastic goal from the edge of the box. Just when it looked like all three points were secured though, Burnley equalised through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
But, there was time for one more goal as Ragnar Klavan headed in the winner deep into injury time to ensure the win for his side. And the Estonian, as well as Dejan Lovren were hailed – and trolled – for their contribution, just when it’s starting to look like they’ll find themselves on the bench soon.
Lovren assisting a Klavan goal for a last minute winner pic.twitter.com/E5dK6HR7mI
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) January 1, 2018
£75M down the drain,
As Lovren sets up Klavan for the winner again
— Taha Memon (@TheKopiteLad) January 1, 2018
On the day Van Dijk becomes a Liverpool player, Lovren assist Klavan for a last minute winner. I love football.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) January 1, 2018
Klavan & Lovren just “New Year New Me”‘d all of us.
— Gaby Kirschner (@gabykirschner) January 1, 2018
Liverpool nick a winner at the death.
Klavan with it, Lovren assist.
No problem with their defence 😉 pic.twitter.com/Bq1IILYOfm
— Coral (@Coral) January 1, 2018
A Klavan goal assisted by Lovren, 2018 is already a joke 😂
— Becca Nielsen (@becca_nielsen) January 1, 2018
LOVREN AND KLAVAN GREATEST ATTACKING DUO FORGET COUTINHO MANE SALAH FIRMINO FORGET THE FAB FOUR MATE
— hipster (@haqimthehipster) January 1, 2018
Lovren and Klavan!!! A day for the unlikely heroes! Get in there.
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) January 1, 2018
Lovren assist and a Klavan goal. VVD could never. pic.twitter.com/JYEIEv4I31
— Sam (@VintageKIopp) January 1, 2018
Klavan goal, Lovren assist. Someone doesn’t like the idea of Van Dijk
— cj (@ForzaLiverpooI) January 1, 2018
— REDSIDE ™ (@jimmypreece75) January 1, 2018
— Heavy Metal Football (@brutalpool) January 1, 2018
WHAT. A. MASSIVE. GOAL.
A huge win for Liverpool, against such a horrible team.
Fitting that Lovren and Klavan combined for the winning goal, thought they were immense.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) January 1, 2018
Sadio Mane was lauded for his goal as well, as the Senegalese winger stepped in the absence of Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
A true indication of Sadio Mané’s brilliance is the fact he’s capable of pulling off a sensational back-heeled assist, or a thunderous goal, in what’s been probably his poorest spell for Liverpool.
Today he was ill, and low on confidence – yet still scored a world class goal.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) January 2, 2018
Mane goal! Wow…..back heel assist 2 days ago & this is him having a bad time supposedly!!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 2, 2018
The Fab F̶o̶u̶r̶ One. pic.twitter.com/2MW3x0ViZ2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 1, 2018
— . (@LFC20017) January 1, 2018
We go mad for Bobby, Phil and Mo at the moment, but in the last 3 days, Mane has produced our best assist of the season and a jaw-dropping goal today. He’s back, Reds.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 1, 2018