Liverpool’s long unbeaten run at Anfield has long been one of the decisive factors for the Reds and their all-conquering side. However, that near-four-year run was brought to a historic end on Thursday night, as Liverpool were beaten at Anfield for the first time in 68 attempts.
Many experts going into the game believed that it was just a matter of time before Jurgen Klopp’s side clicked into gear, and that night was expected to come last night against a Burnley side that are struggling at the wrong end of the table. However, there is certainly something more to Liverpool’s recent form, as Ashley Barnes scored the winner ten minutes from time.
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The defeat was the first time that Burnley have beaten Liverpool away from home since 1974, but the Reds had their chances throughout the game. Divock Origi had the best chance of the game as he pounced on a mistake by Ben Mee to run clear. However, the striker could only smash the cross bar with his effort from 12 yards out. That was the closest that Liverpool would come, and in truth, Burnley never looked stretched at any point in the game.
The Reds were last beaten at Anfield in April 2017, as Crystal Palace took all three points. That run was ended in the final ten minutes, as Mike Dean pointed to the penalty spot after Alisson Becker recklessly challenged Barnes after the Reds failed to deal with a looping ball. The Austrian made no mistake from the penalty spot.
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In a week where Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City all battled to pick up three points, the fight of Liverpool’s title defence looked to have knocked them out. The Reds are six points behind the current leaders Manchester United, and four behind City. But, it was the manner of the Liverpool defeat that would be the biggest cause for concern for the Reds fans.
All of the star players that have carried them to success at home and in Europe were miss firing, and have been for the last six weeks. Liverpool haven’t scored in four league games and are without a win in five. Meanwhile, it was a huge win for Burnley, as they have now opened up a seven point gap between themselves and the relegation places in the Premier League.