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Liverpool's unbeaten home run ended by Burnley

Published on: 21 January 2021

Divock Origi struck the bar when through on goal in the first half

Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten run at home in the Premier League came to an end as Ashley Barnes fired home a late winner from the penalty spot to secure a famous victory for Burnley.

Barnes was tripped in the box by goalkeeper Alisson with seven minutes remaining and converted the resulting penalty to earn all the points.

Liverpool's last league loss at Anfield came nearly four years ago against Crystal Palace, and they are now six points behind leaders Manchester United at the midway point in the campaign.

Divock Origi was given his first start of the season and should have scored when he ran free on goal after pouncing on Ben Mee's error but struck the crossbar.

The hosts pushed to find the net in the second half but ran out of ideas, Nick Pope making a stunning save to deny Mohamed Salah and fellow substitute Roberto Firmino flicking an effort wide.

Burnley's shock win lifts them up to 16th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

    Relive Burnley's stunning win at Anfield

Reds out of form

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was "not worried" by his side's poor form, but the latest setback means this has now turned into a real problem.

After 19 games, Liverpool are out of form and out of confidence, failing to find the net in their last 440 minutes of top-flight action and awaiting their first victory of 2021.

They looked to be hitting their stride on 19 December when they took apart Crystal Palace 7-0, but have not won since and have scored just a solitary goal in that time, against relegation strugglers West Brom.

Their drop off at this same stage from last season is extraordinary - after 19 games last term the Reds were 13 points clear at the top with 55 points, but they have 21 fewer points now.

Aside from Pope's save to thwart Salah and stops from Origi and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool did not look a side who were threatening to find the net.

They had 72% possession but much of it was slow and ponderous, and although they had spaces out wide and put 30 crosses into the box, the resolute Burnley defenders headed and hacked clear every ball that came in.

More to follow.

Player of the match

TarkowskiJames Tarkowski

with an average of 8.59


LiverpoolAvgSquad number1Player nameAlissonAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameShaqiriAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameFabinhoAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameMatipAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameRobertsonAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameThiago AlcántaraAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameWijnaldumAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameManéAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameMohamed SalahAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameOxlade-ChamberlainAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameMinaminoAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameRoberto FirminoAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameOrigiAverage rating


Squad number66Player nameAlexander-ArnoldAverage rating


BurnleyAvgSquad number5Player nameTarkowskiAverage rating


Squad number1Player namePopeAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameBarnesAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameMeeAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameLowtonAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameMcNeilAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameTaylorAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameWestwoodAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameWoodAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameBrownhillAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameBradyAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameGudmundssonAverage rating


Squad number23Player namePietersAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-3-3

1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold32Matip3Fabinho26Robertson23Shaqiri6Thiago Alcántara5Wijnaldum15Oxlade-Chamberlain27Origi10Mané

    1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold32MatipBooked at 87mins3FabinhoBooked at 45mins26Robertson23ShaqiriSubstituted forMinaminoat 84'minutes6Thiago Alcántara5Wijnaldum15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forFirminoat 57'minutes27OrigiSubstituted forSalahat 57'minutes10Mané


    7Milner9Firmino11Salah17Jones18Minamino21Tsimikas47Phillips62Kelleher76N Williams


Formation 4-4-2


    1Pope2Lowton5Tarkowski6Mee3TaylorSubstituted forPietersat 49'minutes12BradySubstituted forGudmundssonat 65'minutes18Westwood8Brownhill11McNeil9Wood10BarnesBooked at 39mins



Referee:Mike DeanMatch StatsHome TeamLiverpoolAway TeamBurnleyPossessionHome72%Away28%ShotsHome27Away6Shots on TargetHome6Away4CornersHome12Away0FoulsHome11Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Liverpool 0, Burnley 1.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Burnley 1.

90'+5'Post update

Offside, Burnley. Dwight McNeil tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

90'+4'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

90'+2'Post update

Attempt blocked. Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90'+2'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

89'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ben Mee.

89'Post update

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

89'Post update

Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané with a cross.


Joel Matip (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

87'Post update

Hand ball by Joel Matip (Liverpool).

87'Post update

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.


Substitution, Liverpool. Takumi Minamino replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

83'Post update

Goal! Liverpool 0, Burnley 1. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

82'Post update

Penalty conceded by Alisson (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

82'Post update

Penalty Burnley. Ashley Barnes draws a foul in the penalty area.

82'Post update

Foul by Joel Matip (Liverpool).

82'Post update

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80'Post update

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

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