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Three Points: Raheem Sterling the hero as Liverpool edge Burnley

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike ensured Liverpool managed their first league victory in four matches despite turning in a poor performance at struggling Burnley.

BURNLEY, England -- Raheem Sterling's second-half goal was the difference as Liverpool picked up a valuable 1-0 away win at Burnley. Here are three quick points from their Boxing Day clash at Turf Moor:

1. Sharp Sterling helps Liverpool win ugly

Brendan Rodgers is a proponent of the beautiful game, but there can be little doubt that his side won ugly at Turf Moor. Liverpool were nowhere near as fast or as fluent as they had been in possession against Arsenal on Sunday, let alone as potent...

 By David Usher

Player Ratings: Raheem Sterling's winner helps Liverpool edge Burnley

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike ensured Liverpool managed their first league victory in four matches despite turning in a poor performance at struggling Burnley.

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike gave Liverpool a hard-fought victory over a Burnley side who gave them all they could handle at Turf Moor.

Liverpool were all over the place in the opening half as the Clarets dominated and created numerous chances they were unable to take. The home side was made to pay a heavy price for its wastefulness when Sterling raced clear after the break to put Liverpool ahead. It was a rare moment of attacking quality from the Merseysiders, who were unrecognisable from...

 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool Report Card: A summary of the Reds' Premier League season

The ESPN FC discuss Liverpool's recent upturn in form following victory over Bournemouth and a spirited draw vs. Arsenal.

With the Premier League season edging toward its halfway point, who has starred for Liverpool and will things improve following a mixed start to the campaign? Here's a look at how Brendan Rodgers' men have fared so far.

Grade: D

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

A hangover from last season's title tilt was always to be expected, but this has been a painfully extended case of the shakes.

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The early dismantling of Tottenham showed a lot of promise, but it has all been pretty much downhill...

By ESPN Staff
3 hours ago

Rodgers and Dyche both satisfied

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Burnley manager Sean Dyche were both pleased in the Reds' 1-0 defeat of Burnley.

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 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers' management of Mario Balotelli has backfired

The ESPN FC crew respond to your questions in regards to which Premier League player needs to improve, and if Craig Burley will steal Christmas.

"There is no question over his talent -- I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way. He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly, he needs to know that the coach believes in him."

-- Andrea Pirlo on Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli spent Boxing Day afternoon on the bench at Turf Moor, as his Liverpool team huffed, puffed and scuffled their way to a 1-0 win over Burnley. And according...