Liverpool won the game against Burnley for their fourth straight Premier League victory as they try to keep pace with leaders Manchester City.
Fabinho scored the game’s only goal just before halftime, stabbing the ball home from a corner in testing conditions at Turf Moor.
Burnley, which is fighting for Premier League survival, had a number of good chances before Fabinho scored the only goal of the match.
Alisson saved a long-range effort from Josh Brownhill, and January signing Wout Weghorst should have done better after racing through on goal.
In a scrappy second half, chances were few and far between, though substitute Diogo Jota should have added a late second after a quick Liverpool break but shot wide.
Liverpool are now nine points behind leaders Manchester City with 14 games remaining, one more than their title rivals, who host the Reds in April. Burnley is still at the bottom of the table, seven points from safety.
With Sadio Mane back in action after helping Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went with the old guard, starting with Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah up front, with in-form Diogo Jota on the bench.
However, in driving rain and a blustery wind, the visitors’ attacking trio struggled to make an impact, though Mane did play a key role in the game-winning goal.
The forward received a crucial flick on Trent Alexander-corner, Arnold’s and Fabinho raced on to it, hitting a first-time strike that was blocked on the line before poking in the rebound.
The goal extended Fabinho’s recent scoring streak, as it was his fifth in his last seven games in all competitions.
It was a crucial three points from a game in which the Reds could have easily slipped up, with Burnley holding Manchester United to a draw on Tuesday.