Liverpool’s incredible 68-match winless run at Anfield ended when the champions were beaten 1-0 at home by a tough Burnley.

Ashley Barnes scored the only goal from the penalty spot after he was earlier taken out by Alisson’s attack, and the visitors earned three vital points.

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At the other end, England goalkeeper Nick Pope made saves on Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah, among others, while Origi hit the crossbar as the Reds failed to score in their fourth consecutive Premier League game.

The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side, now without a win in five league games, remain six points off the pace and unable to close the gap on leaders Manchester United.


The hosts have had a flying start to the competition, which they have dominated with one exception. After more than half a season, the Reds are still in the running for the title, but that’s all I can find positive.

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Liverpool have only been beaten once in the last half of the table this season, and the Reds could lose their place in Europe if Tottenham and Everton capitalise on their games.

Managerial classification of 10

5 — Klopp made two changes in his first three league games in January with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, but the result was very similar with the Reds coming back from one goal down.

Player Rating (1-10; 10 = best. Players recorded after 70 minutes are not rated)

Goalkeeper Alisson (5) : He pushed Barnes back with a smart save that intercepted the first cross, but in a blood clot he knocked Barnes down, who beat him in the 83rd minute.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 5 — Produced an endless collection of crosses on the right, as might be expected, but this time there was no red at the end of any of them. It took a clever save from Pope to thwart his low left-handed effort, but he set up a free kick that invited him to do so.

DF Joel Matip, 6… This is the first time the 29-year-old has returned without success since he was 27 years old. December. He gave a quiet performance in the backline, but Alisson’s mistake means there’s no blank slate in front of it.

DF Fabinho, 5 years old… In the first half, the man who has now become a bit of a defender created a few chances, but he couldn’t send any into the net. It’s a shame it wasn’t fired at half time with the whistle of the knockout match.

DF Andrew Robertson, 6 – Lots of overlapping runs, but apart from a clever backheel to spot Sadio Mane and some deep centres that didn’t go in, the Scot had little to show for his attacking efforts.

MF Xherdan Shaqiri, 6 — There is hardly a better player than the Swiss star, who fielded questions with an inviting cross into the box that was heavily guarded by Fabinho. Later, the pope was sucked up by lightning.

MF Thiago, 6 — Just after a thrilling performance against Manchester United, midfielder Trent Alexander-Arnold threw a delightful pass down the right, but a painful Barnes error was probably the highlight of a disappointing evening.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 6 – A lot of effort, but no joy. The Dutchman had a long-range shot blocked in the opening moments, but then placed Thiago with a fine pass down the right flank as Burnley fended off another dangerous Liverpool attack.

Alisson’s late penalty miss made the difference as Liverpool fell six points behind leaders Manchester City. Getty

MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 5, – Ox’s fourth Premier League appearance this season, he hit Nick Pope’s palm with a shot from the edge of the box. Then he kept quiet and withdrew for the last half hour.

FW Divock Origi, 5 – A rare start for a man desperate to score a goal, but he doesn’t, as he horribly directs his first attempt over the bar. The striker reacted well and saw that the impressive Pope had saved some good efforts, but he also hit the woodwork as he cleared.

FW Sadio Mane, 7 — He showed the intensity his coach expected when his ball looking for Robertson was cleared for a corner, and he caused problems with a pair of forward runs that put pressure on the visiting defense.


FW Mohammed Salah, 6 — It took him just three minutes to beat Pope after he somehow held off his soft drive to the near post as a goalkeeper.

FW Roberto Firmino, 5 — was dismissed at the 57th minute. He came on as a replacement for Origi in the 57th minute and missed three great chances, first from a tight angle and then with a big mistake from a Robertson cross.

FW Takumi Minamino, N/R — Energetic performance after his last appearance, but couldn’t find a way past the solid visiting defense.

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