Burnley blown away as 'Pool's push shows no sign of letting up
liverpool 2 burnley 0
Stand-in captain Jordan Henderson led from the front with his second goal in successive matches as Liverpool maintained their pursuit of a top-four place.
With third-placed Arsenal and Manchester United also winning, Brendan Rodgers' side could not afford anything less than three points and a straightforward 2-0 victory over the Premier League strugglers was the achieved with the minimum of fuss.
Henderson (right), in possession of the armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard, back in training this week after a hamstring injury, slotted home just before the half-hour and Daniel Sturridge's header just after the break sealed the result.
With Henderson, and the team, in this form the watching captain - who departs for Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer - must be wondering where he fits in.
Liverpool, the league's only unbeaten side since the turn of the year, have not been defeated in the last 12 league games - picking up 30 points from a possible 36 having won seven of the last eight with six clean sheets.