LIVERPOOL 1-1 Burnley
Liverpool’s Premier League season continues and recently saw Burnley claim a point at Anfield.
After only being used as a substitute for a short time in the Champions League fixture with Sevilla, Coutinho was moved directly to the starting 11 lineup now. Sadio Mané is currently serving a 3 match (Premier League fixtures only) suspension so the time is right to start using him in the absence of one of our key attackers.
Simon Mignolet would be the goalkeeper, with Karius sitting on the substitute bench. Sturridge would start. Can would start. Milner would start. Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson would start. A large part of the squad changed around. We’ve seen some serious rotation going on between Champions League and Premier League, which underlines the wide variety of strength we have throughout the whole squad. We can practically have two different starting 11 lineups and they’re both pretty strong in their own ways.
Liverpool came out fighting but the goalkeeper started proving himself from early on in the game as Andy Robertson’s cross picked out Sturridge on the edge of the penalty area, testing Nick Pope in just the 2nd minute.
Liverpool dominated possession and had 35 shots at goal and every time Pope was needed to save the day, that’s exactly what he did for Burnley. He was on frustratingly good form unfortunately for Liverpool and our fans.
In the 18th minute, there was a penalty appeal denied for Liverpool. Salah looked to move into a dangerous area in the penalty area and was forced instead to the ground under a challenge from Tarkowski but the match official would wave away the appeals and insist that play would go on without a penalty kick being taken.
Around the 24th minute, Coutinho’s shot is blocked and the ball rebounds to Matip, who almost picks out Salah with a long ball over the top but is denied. The Linesman would raise his flag for offside.
Just a couple of minutes later, Burnley took a lead! Liverpool don’t deal with Brady’s flick properly and the ball bounces luckily for Arfield on the edge of the penalty area. Then he only has to strike the ball past Mignolet and into the bottom corner of the net to make it Liverpool 0-1 Burnley.
Burnley’s lead would last all of three minutes. In the 29th minute, Liverpool respond at Anfield by scoring themselves.
Can’s pass picked out Salah, who brings the ball down in the penalty area before smashing it past Pope and into the back of the net. Liverpool 1-1 Burnley.
This score would be the final result and both teams left Anfield with a single point more than they had previously.
What was most surprising about the result of this game was that Liverpool had the ability to wait only three minutes for getting a goal after our opponents had scored, but from the 30th minute onwards could not use the other hour they had for scoring even once more. Pope did play a significant part but ultimately Liverpool had more than enough time to keep on going and turn it around not just for a draw but also for the 2-1 win we should have had but could not achieve.
This result reflects poorly on Liverpool’s chances of doing something like winning trophies, in any competition really. Though please remember that we’ve had much better performances throughout the season so far and this does not define how we will continue to play to the very last game on the fixture list. Coutinho seems to be accepting that he won’t be flying off to Spain to play for Barcelona yet and is slowly making his way back to his best form again and before long may get back to scoring regularly for Liverpool so don’t lose all hope. You’re entitled to get a bit mad right now though.
Liverpool’s manager would speak out angrily after the match and state he had expected more than a single goal and a draw in his interview –
“I’m angry about the performance. In a lot of moments of this game you cannot play better football than we did today. We didn’t finish the situations with the goalkeeper making two outstanding saves. The quality is there. I saw a great attitude. I saw them running, I saw them playing and I saw them fighting, but I didn’t see them scoring and that’s a problem.”
Man of the Match
Mohamed Salah was the only goalscorer in this fixture for Liverpool and saved us from a possible 0-1 defeat. He helped us claim a point at least and as always led by good example in the attacks for Liverpool. His goalscoring record just keeps increasing and I am excited about just how many he may have gotten by the end of the season because he just doesn’t look like stopping scoring and could be getting goals in any given fixture. Keep at least one eye on him.
Liverpool travel to Leicester for Premier League football on the 19th September.
Keep on walking on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’l 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