Burnley stun Liverpool to end Unbeaten Home Record.
Champions Liverpool suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to lowly Burnley on Thursday (Jan 21), ending their 68 match unbeaten home record in the Premier League as their title defence continued to fade.
An 83rd minute penalty from Ashley Barnes, after he was brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker, decided the contest after Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to score for the fourth straight league match.
Divock Origi had struck the bar for Liverpool in the first half, with only Burnley keeper Nick Pope to beat and Roberto Firmino missed a good chance after the break.
But for all their pressure and 73 per cent possession, Liverpool struggled to create real openings with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski outstanding in the centre of Burnley’s defence.
When Liverpool did manage to find space for a shot, Burnley keeper Nick Pope was up to the test, getting down well to keep out efforts from Trent Alexander-Arnold and substitute Mohamed Salah.
But too often Liverpool drifted in poor crosses which were easily dealt with by Burnley’s defence.The Clarets, who made a poor start to the season, move up to 16th place on 19 points.
Burnley drew 1-1 at Anfield last season, and Dyche was full of praise for his team.
“We were close last year, you get a feel of a performance, and I said ‘you are used to playing against these players, working without the ball, there’s always a chance and you have to take it’.
“Barnsey sticks it in there, gets a toe, it’s a penalty, and he sticks it away very well,” he said.
It was Liverpool’s first home Premier League defeat since April 23, 2017, when their former striker Christian Benteke got both goals in a 2-1 win for Crystal Palace. The two losses came 1369 days apart.