Liverpool 1 v 1 Burnley (FA Premier League)
After losing just one game in the last twelve matches and on a four match unbeaten run the Clarets arrived at Anfield as the Premier League’s in form team. Sean Dyche made just one change to the starting line-up with Chris Wood replacing Matej Vydra who dropped to the bench. The Clarets gave the new Premier League Champions a guard of honor as both side took to the field to start the game.
On four minutes, the first real taking point of the game arrived as Charlie Taylor was pushed by Gini Wijnaldum and as the full back fell he collided with the elbow of Neco Williams. After being reviewed by VAR the decision was an accidental coming-together and the game was aloud to continue after Charlie Taylor received treatment.
A long diagonal ball from midfield on ten minutes, sends Andy Robertson on his way down the left side, his cross on the volley found Mo Salah in the Clarets area, but the Egyptian is foiled as he looks to head home by a terrific block from Kevin Long.
Liverpool continued to press and on thirteen minutes, Bobby Firmino has a long range effort deflected over Nick Pope’s crossbar after more good work from Andy Robertson, from the resulting corner, Liverpool won a free-kick outside the Clarets box following a foul on Salah. Desperate to score a goal to catch Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot, Mo Salah took the free-kick and sent his effort over the crossbar.
On seventeen minutes, another Andy Robertson cross from the left and the ball is teed up for Curtis Jones to have a shot, however it takes a deflection off Josh Brownhill and Nick Pope gets down to save comfortably.
A minute later, Mo Salah struck a bouncing ball from ten yards from inside the Clarets area, somehow England International Nick Pope managed to twist his entire body which was already behind the line (apart from his hands) to the top corner of his goal to claw Salah’s effort around the post, it was the first of two worldclass saves.
Liverpool continued to put pressure on the Clarets goal and Mane was next to test Nick Pope, when he collected the ball just inside the Burnley box with his back to goal, he turned and sent a shot to the top left corner of the goal which Pope got a hand to and turned it over the crossbar.
After the drinks break the Clarets enjoyed a rare spell of possession as Dwight McNeil had a run down the left side before over hitting the ball out of play. On twenty-six minutes, the young midfielder had better luck with his next cross winning a corner off Neco Williams as he tried to pick out Chris Wood.
On thrity-four minutes, the home side took the lead when Fabinho spotted Robertson making a run up the inside right. He picked him out with a clipped pass and the Scot guided his header across the face of goal, past Pope and inside the far post to make it 1-0.
Burnley responded well to going behind and enjoyed their best spell of the game, when Dwight McNeil intercepted a wayward cross-field pass from Robertson. McNeil collected the ball and shot from the edge of the Liverpool box, but Joe Gomez gets his body in the way and defelcts the ball out for a corner.
In the second minute of injury time at the end of the first-half, Nick Pope made his second worldclass save of the game. Sadio Mane hit a pile-driver that looked destined for the top corner, but once again Pope stretched out his right hand and made an outstsnding save to make the half-time score 1-0.
Liverpool started the second-half strong and were on the attack after just two minutes, when Virgil van Dijk sent a long arrowingfrom deep inside his own half to towards Mo Salah at the far post, but James Tarkowski managed to get his head to the ball to put it out for a corner. er out for a corner.
On forty-nine minutes, still looking for his first Premier League goal at Anfield this season Firminho looked certain to score into the empty Kop end until his low diagonal effort raps the foot of the far post and bounces back into play before being cleared by the Clarets defence. Two minutes later and Curtis Jones should have extended the Reds lead, clean through in the Burnley area he fired his shoot wide of the post with just Pope to beat.
On the hour, a Fabinho shot from just outside the Burnley penalty area takes a wicked deflection off Josh Brownhill and goes out for a corner, but could have gone anywhere with Nick Pope completely wrong-footed. From the resulting corner Gini Wijnaldum hit the ball as it dropped from the corner, but his effort was blocked by Kevin Long.
The big talking point came on sixty-eight minutes, as the game was stopped for a drinks break following a foul on a Liverpool player midway inside his own half. The Clarets made two substitutions in the break and then play restarted with a free-kick for the Clarets in their own half. The ball was played long into the Liverpool box and James Tarkowski headed it down for Jay Rodrigeuz to smash home from the edge of the area to make it 1-1.
On eighty-three minutes, the second big talking point of the game arrived when Trent Alexander-Arnold sent another cross into the Clarets penalty area which went all the way cross the box towards the Robertson who was challenged by Johann Gudmundsson the inicdent was reviewed by VAR and the decision was no penalty, despite bring down Robertson the Iceland International did play the ball first.
Burnley were finishing the game on top after scoring a late gaol and Jay Rodriguez went close to extending the Clarets lead on eighty-seven minutes, when a cross from Charlie Taylor fizzed across the Reds six yard box with the Clarets striker just a toe away from making it 2-1 to the visitors.
On eighty-eight minutes, Burnley could have won the match, when an Ashley Westwood deep corner was dropped by Alisson and half scrambed away only for the ball to be fired back into the area, landing at the feet of Johann Gudmundsson who smashed the ball towards the roof of the net only to see it hit the top of the crossbar and go to safety.
Liverpool had the final effort of the half, two minutes into the four minutes of injury time as Virgil van Dijk picking out Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right flank with a wonderful pass from deep. He squared the ball to Mo Salah, who shot straight at the Clarets keeper Nick Pope to leave the full-time score 1-1.
This was the first time Liverpool had no won at Anfield since Leicester City beat them on the 30th January 2019, the result frustrated Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who made his point to the match officials on the full-time whistle.
Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “It’s great to come here and deliver a performance. When you come to these places it’s very seldom they won’t create chances, so you are going to have to defend well and your keeper is going to have to play well which he did. But I couldn’t be more pleased for the players, to put the effort into this run of games and come out with this many points, is absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t be more proud.
Liverpool – Alisson, Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah (Subs) Adrian, Lovren, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Shaqiri, Origi, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott
Burnley – Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Pieters, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood (Subs) Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Brady, Vydra, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Glennon
Goals – (Liverpool) Robertson (34) (Burnley) Rodriguez (68)
Attendance – 0 (Behind Closed Doors)