Liverpool lost their 68-game unbeaten Premier League streak at Anfield last night as the Reds were stunned by Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Ashley Barnes scored from the spot to seal all three points for the Clarets, after being brought down by Alisson inside the box.
It was a performance that left much to ponder for Jurgen Klopp, who made several high-profile changes to his starting XI last night.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were dropped to the bench while Jordan Henderson was absent through injury.
Liverpool struggled to break down Burnley’s two banks of four and their lack of creativity was punished following a lapse in concentration at the back.
The result sees Liverpool drop to fourth at the halfway mark, six points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester United.
The introduction of both Salah and Firmino could not get Liverpool over the line.
Divock Origi spurned a glorious chance to score in the first half when he crashed the ball against the crossbar following Ben Mee’s error at the back.
Klopp shouldered the blame for his players but his side must find a way to turn things around or face the prospect of finishing outside the top four.
“We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.
“That is my fault. It is my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings and confidence. That didn’t work out.
“We had the ball a lot and created some situations that are okay but our final decision is not right. I said the same thing last week.
“When something doesn’t work you must try harder, longer and more often and make better decisions. It didn’t work tonight.”
Liverpool have taken just 10 points from their past 24 but get a welcome break from Premier League action this weekend when they take on Manchester United again in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.