March 23, 2018

Liverpool held as Burnley continue to defy the odds

17 September 2017, 06:30 | Joan Schultz

If Liverpool win or draw they will become the fourth team to earn 1000 home points in the Premier League

If Liverpool win or draw they will become the fourth team to earn 1000 home points in the Premier League

Scott Arfield expertly put the Clarets in front in the 27th minute, but Mohamed Salah equalised nearly immediately for the Reds. Any other day and this would have been chalked up to a turn of the fates or just a bit of poor luck, but it's more of the same from a side that's looking increasingly like they're unable to rise above the rut just long enough to crawl out of it for good.

As far as the defense is concerned, Trent Alexandre-Arnold should replace Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson should replace Alberto Moreno to start in the wing-back positions.

Liverpool dominated possession early and often, cutting off Burnley passes at ease and pushing their opponents back.

Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane for their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday, in what a big blow for the Reds.

Liverpool will be determined to return to winning ways after last week's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City was followed by a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Dyche, speaking about Heaton's operation, added: "It was successful in its immediacy, I'm told that went very well".

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Burnley are one goal better off than Liverpool in seventh place in the table after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and enjoying draws with Tottenham and Liverpool. We made seven changes but we were still really fluent, offensive football, dominant football. Hesitation by centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan allowed the ball to drop between them in the middle of the penalty area. Robbo [full-back Andrew Robertson] knows he should have seen Arfield quicker.

Dyche also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Liverpool's transfer budget, and how expensive the players who couldn't get a win over his humble Burnley squad were. Our shape was good and Popey was excellent in goal. Liverpool were relatively untroubled for most of the game, but they always find a way to stumble in matches. Emre Can created a swift equaliser with a measured ball over the top from just inside his own half. Brady stung Mignolet's palms from 25 yards before, from two corners in quick succession by the Republic of Ireland global, Mee had two free headers at the back post.

Klopp had originally wanted Coutinho to stay on the pitch and signalled for Roberto Firmino and James Milner to be withdrawn for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke.

Late on, sub Dominic Solanke hit the frame of the goal as Liverpool pushed for that elusive victor. They made seven changes, players who have been brought in for absolute fortunes, players on the bench who have come in for £35m.

"Our plan was to keep them from our goal", Dyche said. The German has come under the gun for not drafting in defensive reinforcements this summer, but for all the deflecting, he's right in stressing that one player isn't going to fix our problems.

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