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Liverpool’s 68-game home unbeaten run ended by Burnley

By Adejayan Gbenga Gsong
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Liverpool’s run of 68 Premier League games without defeat at Anfield came to an end following a shock 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Burnley become the first team to beat Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield since Crystal Palace in April 2017 as a result.

The reigning champions, so successful in recent years with their attacking prowess, have now gone four Premier League games in a row without scoring.
They are now six points behind leaders Manchester United at the half-way stage and may even have to start looking over their shoulders in the race for the top four.

Jurgen Klopp shuffled his options around, dropping Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to the bench while Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri started alongside Sadio Mane in attack instead.

Liverpool had a couple of chances via corners early on, but almost had a nervous moment when Alisson was caught off his line but he managed to save Ashley Barnes’ instinctive effort.

There was a golden opportunity for Liverpool to end their long wait for a goal when Origi got in behind and ran through one-on-one with Pope.

However, in a moment that summed up Liverpool’s plight at the moment, he struck the ball with too much power and it hit the bar.

Klopp sent Firmino and Salah on in the 57th minute with Origi and Oxlade-Chamberlain going off as they looked to break the deadlock.

The change almost had an immediate effect. Barely two minutes later, but Pope produced a strong hand to deny Salah from close range.

With seven minute remaining in the game Burnley eventually broke the deadlock thanks to Barnes who converted from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Alisson in the box.

Liverpool piled on the pressure but Burnley’s resistance held strong.

Adejayan Gbenga Gsong

Adejayan is an award-winning Journalist and Opinion writer with varied experience in Nigeria. Mail me at AdejayanOluwagbenga@withinnigeria.com. See full profile on Within Nigeria's TEAM PAGE

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