LIVERPOOL FORCED TO SHARE POINTS WITH BURNLEY
For the avoidance of doubt i never thought for one second this was going to be an easy game. Burnley are no mugs and wherever they go they are always good value for money. A plucky team that just don’t play with any fear. They have a manager who is so up for pulling the pants off the big boys in the division that i’m almost convinced he doubles the preparation for them twice as hard as he does the regular teams. They have already beaten chelsea this season away and they beat us last season in a shocking game that we provided nothing. So i was not deceiving myself that we were going to stroll to 3 points, But i must say we looked very leggy and uninspiring yesterday to be very honest.
Scott Arfield expertly put the Clarets in front in the 27th minute, but Mohamed Salah equalised almost immediately for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp will be left wondering how we failed to get the win after missing a handful of opportunities.
Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Dominic Solanke all went close, but Sean Dyche’s side held out for the point.
Stand-in goalkeeper Nick Pope produced a masterclass with a string of second half saves.
Burnley took the lead after another defensive mix-up at the back, as Robbie Brady’s header found Arfield, who half-volleyed the ball beyond the outstretched arms of Simon Mignolet.
But just three minutes later Salah netted his third Premier League goal of the season, If his other goals for us have been somewhat fortituous. This one showed the Egyptian know s how to finish powering an unerring effort from distance into the bottom corner.
Countless chances went begging for us in the second period, as Pope was called into action on nice occasions.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had a deflected volley expertly denied when it looked as though it was creeping in the bottom right corner.
Then substitute Solanke somehow missed from six yards out as his volley cannoned off the bar.
However Ben Mee could have won the game for Burnley in the closing stages, as he had a header cleared off the line by Joel Matip, then another attempt well saved by Mignolet.
Such is the nature of the Table in these early days that we now drop to seventh in the table, behind Burnley who sit in sixth place with a better goal difference.
And yes the maurading runs of Sadio Mane was missed. His energy and skill will cause any defence problems and we lost a bit of edge as a result.We have only managed to win just five out of 13 top-flight matches when Sadio Mane hasn’t started. That tells a lot.
Phillipe Couthino who i think should have been let go looks a man not entirely unhappy with his sorroundings. Is this what we are going to face for the rest of the season? i moot he leaves in January and do us all a favor.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said at 90mins: “I’m not happy, I’m angry with the result but pleased with the performance.