BURNLEY, England — Raheem Sterling's second-half strike gave Liverpool its first league victory in four matches, beating Burnley 1-0 Friday despite turning in a poor performance at Turf Moor.
Last year Liverpool was top of the Premier League on Christmas Day having scored twice as many goals as this season after 17 matches. Liverpool began this match in its lowest position on this day since 1992-93, when it was also 10th.
But having failed to create anything resembling a genuine chance against Burnley, Liverpool took the lead out of nowhere just past the hour. Philippe Coutinho's lob sent Sterling clear and around goalkeeper Tom Heaton, rolling a shot past Burnley's despairing defenders trying to get back.