Liverpool are currently in a limbo following a 5-0 hammering of last weekend against Manchester City at Etihad. Also, too many missed opportunities cost them big in the midweek encounter against Sevilla who clinched a 2-2 draw at Anfield in UEFA Champions League group stage outing. The Reds had an opportunity of getting back to winning ways against Burnley, but their Saturday afternoon fixture proved to an action replay of the Sevilla game where despite creating numerous chances, Liverpool only settled with a frustrating 1-1 draw. Burnley have now defeated Chelsea and drawn against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool- all away from home.
Liverpool, as expected played possessional football throughout but paid the price of their defensive disorder when Scott Arfield scored after receiving the ball from Chris Wood who dragged both the defenders which eventually created space for Arfield. But the Reds hit back quickly when Mohamed Salah received Emre Can’s pass and put it into the back of the net with a sublime strike. Liverpool had plenty of opportunities but Burnley’s defensive rigidity refrained them from scoring again. The Reds had a couple of nervy moments when they struggled to defend the Claret’s corner on two successive occasions in the second half when Ben Mee came close to restore the lead. Joel Matip cleared off the line and Simon Mignolet pulled off a decent stop to avoid further humiliation. It was clearly not Liverpool’s day as they lacked composure finish and substitute Dominic Solanke’s strike hit the woodwork in dying minutes.
The game thus ends all square at Anfield and Liverpool are in deep trouble after a solid inception of the new campaign.
Liverpool vs Burnley Line-ups
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 79′), James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino ( Dominic Solanke 79′), Daniel Sturridge.
Burnley: Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Ashley Barnes 60′), Jack Cork, Steven Defour (Ashley Westwood 87′), Robert Brady, Scott Arfield, Chris Wood ( Sam Vokes 87′).
Liverpool vs Burnley Highlights
Liverpool vs Burnley Match Stats
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