Resilient Burnley Conquer Anfield Fortress: After going 1369 days without tasting undefeated at Anfield, it took a single strike from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to put an end to Liverpool’s 68 games undefeated streak. Every good thing must come to an end and it couldn’t come at the worst time for Liverpool who now kissed their hopes of breaking Chelsea’s standing record of 86 unbeaten home games.
The Debacle: How it Happened?
It was a woeful performance by average standards let alone for defending champions standards, Klopp’s complacency with the starting line up cost them the game, however, it did not happen without a trifle of VAR drama after the hosts were denied a penalty check following Burnley skipper’s handball halfway through the second half and minutes before Barnes converted from the spot on the opposite side of the pitch following Allison’s challenge on him.
The Reds enjoyed possession of the ball for the most part of the game but couldn’t bear any fruitful result as the Clarets stood their ground with a resolute performance. One the most criticised starters from last night Divock Origi had an ”harder to miss than to score” chance to put Liverpool in front late in the first half after going one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he ballooned the ball against the far post.
The duo of Salah and Firmino who completes Liverpool’s front trio started on the bench and were only introduced in the second half but they couldn’t crack Burnley defence. Klopp’s frustration was already written all over his face at halftime and evidently, it was wearing off prompting a fiery exchange of words with opposition manager Sean Dyche down the tunnel as both managers were heading down to their locker rooms. The duo of Salah and Firmino who complete Liverpool’s front trio started on the bench and came on in the second half, but they failed to crack Burnley’s defence.
Are Liverpool’s Title Hopes Written Off?
Liverpool is currently out of form at the moment having failed to register a win in the past 3 league games and failed to score at Anfield since the beginning of the year, with all the injuries and team imbalances it is no surprise the team look broken. The 19-times league champions could be seventh before they play their next game but not all hope is gone they still have a fair chance to revive their hopes to defend the title if they can find their foot and maintain a level of consistency they showed last season as they are only 6 points behind log leaders and arch-rivals Manchester United.
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