Lately, Liverpool’s title defence has been under threat as they have been unable to win any of their last 4 Premier League fixtures. This match presented itself as a must win game because they were trailing their fiercest rivals by 6 points before kickoff.
The first half was almost evenly matched in terms of tenacity but Liverpool ,obliviously, had most of the chances and possession. One of their best chances came in the 43rd minute when Ben Mee miss kicked the ball which fell into Origi’s path giving him space but he was unable to take full advantage as his effort came off the woodwork.
Besides the few opportunities that were presented in the first half, most of the action in the first half the game came towards the end of the game where Ashley Barnes should have received his marching orders.
Fabinho had pushed and kicked out at Barnes prompting the Burnley forward to react with a kick out. This was an incident where both or none of players should get cardeed but the referee only booked Fabinho meaning Barnes -who was already on a yellow card- got lucky.
The second half was not that different from the first until the moment to rub salt in the Liverpool wounds came. In the 82nd minute, Liverpool conceded a penalty after Barnes-who should have been sent off in the first half- fell over after he received minimal contact from Allison. Barnes made sure to convert from the spot kick to draw first blood.
Before full time, Liverpool pushed for an equaliser and came close in the 89th minute from a Firmino chance that was deflected away by Ben Mee.The win for the Clarets was the first at Anfield since 1974 and it also means Liverpool loose for the first time at Anfield since April 2017.