Burnley make Liverpool pay for another defensive blunder

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The Reds dropped points at home.

Burnley took a shock lead

Jurgen Klopp’s complaints about a self-fulfilling prophecy came back to haunt him as his side suffered yet more defensive dithering in the 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

Liverpool’s shortcomings at the back were placed under the microscope this week after conceding a lead in the midweek Champions League draw with Sevilla and Burnley scored with their first shot on target after hesitation by centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan allowed the ball to drop between them in the middle of the penalty area.

Mohamed Salah’s fifth goal of the season, and his fourth in succession at Anfield, quickly restored parity but what followed was more a failure of Klopp’s attack to break down Burnley’s determined defence as they finished with 35 shots but just nine on target.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

What they said

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Star man – Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah celebrates his equaliser
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His pace gave Liverpool a much-needed outlet and his fifth goal of the season was just reward.

Moment of the match

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Nick Pope makes a fine save
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Who’s up next?

Leicester v Liverpool (Carabao Cup, Tuesday, September 19)

Burnley v Leeds (Carabao Cup, Tuesday, September 19)

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