Burnley 2-0 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool’s season has seen us defeated already. Just two games in, we’d won against Arsenal and were ready for Burnley, but it just didn’t turn out how we’d all wanted and expected.
Burnley managed to secure themselves their first home league win against Liverpool since 1973. How did this happen? Well, we will talk about that, in painful detail.
A couple of noticeable changes from the squad that faced Arsenal and won. Alberto Moreno was replaced, much to the satisfaction of many Liverpool fans. He’d been one of the weakest parts of our team, being one of the major reasons for why we conceded a penalty and a goal to Arsenal first. The manager clearly listens to the fans constructive criticism and took him out of the starting 11 for this game. James Milner would play at left back. Sadio Mané had recently injured himself during training and will be out of the side for a short break as he recovers to full fitness again.
Due to that, Daniel Sturridge was given a place in the starting 11. Nobody could honestly say that our side got weaker. You’d have to consider Mané to be better than Sturridge for that to be true and Moreno hasn’t been on good enough form recently so Milner is clearly a better choice than him. Looking at our lineups, we should have been able to do as well as we did against Arsenal, or better. It just didn’t happen.
The weather was not good at Burnley’s ground, the rain had been pouring down. But, as Burnley had to play on the same wet pitch as we did, we should have been able to score two goals just as they did. Bad weather conditions were not entirely to blame for our loss.
The game started in Burnley’s favour, with a quick first minute attack that saw Sam Vokes make it past Liverpool’s defense with ease and surprisngly ending with a shot that beat Simon Mignolet and the score became Burnley 1-0 Liverpool.
Liverpool now had 89 minutes to equalise, but unfortunately they never would. The only other goal would come from Burnley in the 37th minute as Andre Gray doubled the home side’s lead with a shot that left Mignolet with no chance of saving it.
Liverpool tried and tried but couldn’t make their efforts count for turning the result of game around.
By the end of the game, Liverpool had taken 25 shots and only let Burnley have the ball 19% of the time, the Reds were running around with possession of the ball more than 80% of the time.
We had our opportunities to change the scoreline. We didn’t take those opportunities and use them to our advantage. This is why we came to lose, mostly.
Liverpool’s season is far from over. While rival fans will surely make fun of our defeat, they may not be the ones laughing by the end of the season. A few points can be dropped – most teams lose at least once in every season. What’s important is to be where you’re expected to be after 38 games played. Which for a club like Liverpool is within the top 5 spots, qualifying for any kind of European football (Champions League or Europa League). We can definitely still do that, even after dropping 3 points to Burnley. The season continues. WE GO AGAIN.
Liverpool’s next fixture will be a second round league cup game against Burton Albion. Away, of course. Since Anfield will not be ready for use until September (we have a home Premier League fixture against Leicester then).
Look to the future and don’t forget… we’re all in this together. We go through even the hardest times with every other Red that’s a part of the Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.