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Maiden Premier League goals for strike duo Sam Vokes and Andre Gray secured a sensational 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Turf Moor.

The result, which saw the Clarets climb to sixth in the top flight and leapfrog the Reds in the process, was as impressive as the performance, ranking alongside wins over Manchester United and rivals Manchester City.

Sam Vokes fired Burnley into an early lead at Turf Moor

Sam Vokes fired Burnley into an early lead at Turf Moor

After the Europa League finalists dismantled Arsenal at the Emirates on the opening day there wouldn't have been many that gave the Clarets much, if any, hope.

But they may have given Sean Dyche's side a bit more of a chance when Vokes opened the scoring in the second minute at Turf Moor.

The Welshman, who was sidelined for the majority of the 2014/15 campaign, netted his first ever goal in the top flight with a sumptuous effort that stunned the travelling support in to silence.

Gray picked up the pieces from Nathaniel Clyne's poor pass, fed the ball in to his strike partner and, with Dejan Lovren or Ragnar Klavan not even in close proximity, Vokes swept the ball beyond Simon Mignolet from the edge of the box.

Andre Gray slots home the second and his first Premier League goal

Andre Gray slots home the second and his first Premier League goal

With the visitors committing men forward and applying the pressure, the Clarets had the opportunity to exploit the high line. That exact strategy almost paid dividends when Gray raced clear from Matt Lowton's ball over the top only for Lovren to recover well to thwart the danger.

The Reds, though, were bossing the ball yet failed to test Tom Heaton. Phillipe Coutinho bent two, almost identical, efforts over the top with his right boot as the Brazilian international struggled to find his range.

The England international did have to react to Adam Lallana's low effort from close range, after the former Southampton playmaker was picked out by James Milner, but it was a routine save.

After the returning Daniel Sturridge flashed an effort wide of the far upright, and the stadium held a one minute applause in memory of Burnley fan Chris Walker, the Clarets caused a seismic shock in the Premier League when extending their lead.

Andre Gray turns to celebrate his first Premier League goal in front of the Burnley fans

Andre Gray turns to celebrate his first Premier League goal in front of the Burnley fans

Penning in, and retaining their shape with admirable synchronicity, Jurgen Klopp's side grew frustrated as they failed to break their opponents down.

Stephen Ward broke up the play when taking Coutinho's pass off the toes of Sturridge, allowing record signing Steven Defour to break.

The Belgium international, making his debut after signing from RSC Anderlecht for £7.5m, drove forward, riding the challenge of Klavan on the halfway line, before assisting Gray for his first goal in England's top tier.

Last season's Championship player of the year moved on to his left boot, bypassing Jordan Henderson and Klavan in the process, before threading the ball between the legs of Lovren and in to the corner in the 37th minute.

Coutinho, as before, missed the target with another curling right-footed effort as Liverpool looked for a response while the half closed with another applause, in tribute to local grassroots football coach Neil Kinnerley.

The saying goes, 'possession is nine-tenths of the law'. Not in football. The Clarets ended the opening 45 minute period with just 22% possession.

While the home side were clinical at one end in the first half, they were equally as exemplary in their own third of the pitch in the second half.

Whatever Liverpool offered, whatever they piled in to the box, there was a man wearing claret on the end of it.

Sturridge dragged an early attempt wide of the post after a defensive mix up before Heaton sprawled to his left to pluck Roberto Firminio's strike from distance out of the top corner.

The Clarets were typically disciplined and organised and that prevented the visitors from engineering a genuine opportunity to score.

Sturridge sliced awkwardly wide, Coutinho continued his streak of inaccuracy when volleying wide before drilling a speculative drive over the bar and Heaton denied substitute Marko Grujic.

In the end it was a dream day back in the Premier League for the Clarets who will go on to challenge Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.