Ashley Barnes’ late penalty cast more doubt over Liverpool and their title credentials.
The 68-match unbeaten home run came to a devastating end as Barnes converted his 81st-minute penalty, to mark Burnley’s first win at Anfield since 1974.
Alisson Becker brought down the Burnley forward, who dusted himself off and cooly converted.
Jurgen Klopp’s side edge closer to an unwanted record as their goalless streak streches to four games.
The first half saw the hosts with the lion share of possession.
Unlike recent weeks, they were pulling the trigger.
Xherdan Shaqiri flashed one just wide, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stung the palms of Nick Pope and Divock Origi forced the visitors’ shot-stopper into two saves.
But Alisson was forced into action as the ball squirmed out of his grasp however, the Brazilian recovered well to deny Barnes, on the follow-up.
Sean Dyche’s side did look dangerous on the counter-attack, Wood and Barnes the ominous threat up front.
It felt like ‘one of them nights’ when Origi smashed his effort off the underside of the bar on the stroke of half-time after an error from Ben Mee.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold forced Pope into an early save in the second half, the England international reacted well to clear the danger.
The shot-stopper then got the better of substitute, Mohammed Salah, with a brilliant diving save to deny the Egyptian at his near post.
Barnes won the foul as his trailing leg was caught by Alisson, he made no mistake in converting from the spot.
Liverpool nearly levelled in the last minute as Alexander-Arnold’s fizzing effort ricocheted off Roberto Firmino only for a yellow shirt to clear off the line.
That defeat sees the an end to the four-year unbeaten run at Anfield.
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Priyasha’s Verdict (@lfcpriya11)
A speechless Priyasha, she says: “This is not the Liverpool we know. Every player, bar from Alisson and Fabinho, seem to have forgotten who they play for.”
We show no desire, no spine. A performance worthy of a relegation side was put up tonight by the defending championsStrong words from Priyasha as Liverpool fall to defeat
Ritchie’s Verdict (@Slack_9)
“It’s a struggle to put the past four games into words in honesty. Another night of poor finishing has cost us and a lack of ideas in the final third.”
Richie continued, emphasising his concern, “So many players out of form at the same time which is a worry. I don’t know how to fix it, which is the main concern.“
It’s almost as if Liverpool have given everything over the past 3 seasons and are now spent.
“Something needs to change and quick, otherwise we will be fighting for the top 4, not a title.” He concluded.
Stephen’s Verdict (@SteKillenBL)
It was bound to happen and it was written that we would succumb to Sean Dyche.
They thoroughly deserved it.
That is the final nail in the coffin that is retaining the Premier League.
It’s the same old story, against the resolute, defensive side we can’t find a way through and we’ve finally paid the price.
It still won’t click. We look disjointed. Call it whatever you want; tiredness, too many games whatever, we just can’t score. We’re taking far too many touches in the penalty area and now forced to take speculative efforts from 20+ yards.
More goalkeeping heroics, this time from Nick Pope. But there’s nothing you can do about that.
It caps off a series of desperate moments for the Reds and Alisson. A moment of madness at St Mary’s and hesitating to bring down the Burnley forward.
It’s easier said than done but we need to bounce back, it’s time to act and play like Champions.
|Finally some shots on target.||What more can we say? It’s been written in the sand for weeks if not months.|
|Andy Robertson continues to add that creative spark down the left, offering the Reds an outlet.||The final result isn’t the back of the net, failing to make chances count. It’s hard to put into words how frustrating it’s becoming.|
|Matip returning is a bonus.||You can tell Trent Alexander-Arnold is still lacking confidence, it’s not only affecting his attacking play but his positioning could’ve cost Liverpool on numerous occasions tonight.|
|Liverpool often sucked into the trap set by Burnley, allowing for the Clarets to utilise their height and physicality.|
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