After a week of heavy criticism, it came as no surprise to see Alberto Moreno dropped to the bench but Liverpool‘s defensive woes continued as Burnley scored within the opening two minutes of the game.
Andre Gray grabbed Burnley‘s second after Sturridge lost the ball in the attacking half and the Clarets took advantage of one of many successful counter-attacks.
The result mirrored the score in March 2015 when the two sides last met, with Liverpool coming away as 2-0 victors. Instead, Liverpool fans were left pondering whether their defence will ever strengthen up and if they’re in for another inconsistent season.
Here’s how social media reacted to the disappointing defeat and it certainly wasn’t positive…
If we've bought Wijnaldum to be this deep, it's going to be a massive waste of money.
— RobinLFC (@Robish13) August 20, 2016
Inexcusable. Klopp or not. No LFC team should be loosing 2-0 to Burnley. Home or Away
— Tom (@TomBrownrigg200) August 20, 2016
Oh Liverpool, you really are painful to support.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 20, 2016
charliewah on the This Is Anfield live blog
Conceded 5 in two games, what are they doing in training?
Nice of Clyne to take the media & fan attention off Moreno. Proper team player.
— Jase (@RobertsJase) August 20, 2016
— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) August 20, 2016
Nice team today. pic.twitter.com/coOi6YbEi1
— Šai (@TheEngancheRole) August 20, 2016
Left-backs Liverpool could target before August 31…?
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) August 20, 2016
Hau5fly on the This Is Anfield live blog
This pattern needs to be broken, one good win followed by one poor loss is going to get us nowhere, well actually about 8th. So no change then
Interesting that we've conceded 2 goals without the so called defensive weak link playing. Almost like our defence as a whole isn't good..
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) August 20, 2016
Dunno what's a bigger eyesore, those kits or the performance? #LFC
— Kauser Soze (@NinaKauser) August 20, 2016
Again, it goes to show how important it is to have a strong defence. Attacking talent is nothing if you can't stop the other team scoring.
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) August 20, 2016
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) August 20, 2016
Whatsinaname? in the comments section
Spineless, gutless performance. No leadership in the centre. 10 more days to make some signings and fix this mess. Strip Hendo of the captaincy to start with.
— Alex Barilaro (@Alex_Barra12) August 20, 2016
#LFC have had the right idea, but have just not been patient or surgical enough in their execution, leading to frustration and costly errors
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 20, 2016
Onero on the live forum
LFC – most consistently inconsistent team in the EPL.
Easy to write games like this off as a bad day at office – but if you want to succeed you get something out of bad days. We rarely do. #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) August 20, 2016
Rubbish performance, no guile, no tempo, no patience, no shape defensively in transitions. Better learn fast from that, Klopp & players.
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) August 20, 2016
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