Frustrated Jurgen Klopp berates fans as stuttering Liverpool draw with Burnley
Premier League, Anfield - Liverpool 1 (Salah 30), Burnley 1 (Arfield 26)
Liverpool suffered a frustrating 1-1 home Premier League draw against Burnley at an anxious Anfield.
Scott Arfield opened the scoring for Burnley on 26 minutes, but Mo Salah took just four minutes to level up the scores with a well-taken goal from the edge of the box.
The home side dominated but were unable to break through again. Daniel Sturridge and Trent Alexander-Arnold were denied by goalkeeper Nick Pope - standing in for the injured Tom Heaton - while Dominic Solanke hit the bar.
Philippe Coutinho, making his first start of the season, was not at his sparkling best as a Liverpool side showing seven changes from their midweek Champions League XI failed to fire.
Jurgen Klopp grew visibly frustrated with a perceived lack of patience from the home fans as another two points went begging.
Liverpool’s frustrations continue to grow: After a hellish week in which they were thrashed by Manchester City before conceding late at home to Sevilla in mid-week, this was the perfect opportunity for the Reds to return to winning ways. However, due a combination of heroic defending from Burnley and some sheer misfortune, Klopp’s side were left licking their wounds. Liverpool will be pleased to see Coutinho back in the starting line-up, but what they were really crying out for was the rapid speed of Sadio Mane to unlock a stubborn back-line. Sean Dyche, meanwhile, can reflect on yet another impressive point on the road.
Liverpool celebrate Mohamed Salah's goal against BurnleyGetty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
James Tarkowski (Burnley) – The 24-year-old continues to impress as Michael Keane’s replacement in the heart of the Burnley defence. Made countless blocks as Liverpool failed to find a way past the man mountain.
Burnley: Pope 8, Lowton 7, Tarkowski 8, Mee, Ward 7, Gudmundsson 6, Defour 6, Cork 6, Arfield 7, Brady 7, Wood 6. Subs: Barnes 6, Westwood, N/A Vokes N/A.
Burnley's English midfielder Jack Cork (L) and Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can clashGetty Images
PRE-MATCH: Coutinho starts - The want-away Brazilian makes his first start of the season as Klopp makes SEVEN changes to the side that played mid-week.
27’ - GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Burnley: The visitors are ahead - and it's totally against the run of play! It's Scott Arfield with a thumping low volley which gives Burnley the lead! Liverpool don't deal with Brady's flick-on, Woods keeps it alive and the loose ball falls kindly to Arfield who keeps his cool to send the ball beyond Mignolet.
30’ - GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: An immediate equaliser from the Reds as Salah scores a fine individual effort! The Liverpool front man does brilliantly to control Can's long ball, he brushes off a challenge before powering the ball into the back of the net from inside the box.
59’ - SHOT! Sturridge cuts inside, rides a couple of challenges before unleashing a shot from the edge of the area and Pope does well to parry it to safety. Liverpool's frustrations grow.
81’ - OFF THE LINE! Liverpool's vulnerabilities at the back almost exposed as Mee rises highest to meet a corner delivery, but sees his header cleared off the line by Alexander-Arnold!
84’ - OFF THE CROSSBAR! Oh my, Liverpool are denied by the woodwork! Salah appears to be fouled inside the box by Mee but play continues and the loose ball is picked up by Alexander-Arnold who tees up Solanke but the forward strikes the crossbar from four yards out.
Liverpool's Dominic Solanke hits the crossbar against BurnleyGetty Images
- Liverpool had 30 more shots than Burnley today - the most in any Premier League game since Man Utd had 31 more than Burnley in October 2016.
- Liverpool have become the fourth team to win 1,000 points in Premier League home games.