Liverpool’s hopes of beating Chelsea’s report of 86 unbeaten dwelling league matches have gone up in smoke as they have been crushed 1-Zero by Burnley.
A late penalty from Ashley Barnes was all that separated the 2 sides, consigning Liverpool to defeat at Anfield within the Premier League for the primary time since April 2017.
The defending champions have been once more made to pay for his or her lack of a innovative – having left the out-of-form Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench for an hour – and it’s now seven hours and 18 minutes since they final discovered the online within the Premier League.
It was a well-known victory for Burnley, whose final win on this floor got here in September 1974 courtesy of Ian Brennan’s objective.
Final season they have been the one facet to take a degree off Liverpool at dwelling as they raced to the title, and so they completed this sport with the identical quantity of possession – 29 per cent – however crucially went one higher.
They employed related techniques of defending resolutely, competing bodily and taking the chance when it arose.
The identical couldn’t be stated for Klopp’s facet, who had 27 makes an attempt however solely six on track, and they’re now six factors behind leaders Manchester United.
A fifth win of the season lifted Burnley to 19 factors, however the confidence of the outcome will likely be simply as vital.
With captain Jordan Henderson out with a minor groin downside and Salah and Firmino rested, the onus was placed on replacements Divock Origi, with one league objective since December 2019, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Neither lived as much as the billing and didn’t final the hour, though not earlier than Origi missed the possibility of the night time simply earlier than half-time.
The Belgium striker’s solely objective this season got here within the 7-2 Carabao Cup victory at Lincoln and his inventory falls decrease by the week having used up all his credit score from that well-known Champions League semi-final double in opposition to Barcelona in 2019.
An uncharacteristic mis-kick from Clarets captain Ben Mee put Origi clear by, however his lack of sport time and confidence confirmed as he blasted a shot previous Nick Pope however in opposition to the crossbar when what was required was placement and a calmness underneath strain.
It was an opportunity he simply needed to take to show his worth as back-up to the established entrance three.
Pope arrived at Anfield with 5 clear sheets in his final 10 league video games, which didn’t bode properly for Klopp’s goal-shy facet, however he was not correctly examined within the opening 45 minutes.
Sadio Mane had an early header blocked by Dwight McNeil, however there adopted a succession of photographs from Xherdan Shaqiri, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi and Andy Robertson which the England worldwide handled comfortably.
Frustrations boiled over on the half-time whistle as Barnes reacted angrily to Fabinho showing to flick out at him, frightening a small melee, however referee Mike Dean confirmed the Brazilian a yellow card and VAR agreed.
In the meantime Klopp and Sean Dyche, who have been each midway down the tunnel, had their very own heated trade
Burnley’s one actual alternative got here when Alisson dropped a cross underneath strain from Chris Wooden, however he reacted properly to dam Barnes’ shot.
Simply over 10 minutes into the second half and with the sport drifting, Klopp despatched on Salah and Firmino, with the previous straight into the motion by forcing Pope into his first first rate save low at his close to put up.
Burnley substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson blazed extensive from shut vary, nevertheless it was not as dangerous because the Firmino effort which was so off-target compatriot Alisson, 80 yards away, dropped to his knees, held his head and let loose a yell.
There have been extra extra shouts of frustration when Alexander-Arnold’s cross hit Erik Pieters’ arm within the penalty space.
Having spent a lot of the previous 83 minutes on the again foot, Burnley have been offered with an opportunity of manufacturing a shock at Anfield and so they seized it.
Alisson introduced down Barnes and the Clarets ahead stepped as much as rating.
And there was to be no fortunate escape for the hosts as Firmino’s close-range shot was deflected extensive by Mee, who knew little about his intervention.