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Liverpool 1-1 Burnley – Reds held to frustrating draw at Anfield

Liverpool played some good football but were ultimately held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Burnley at Anfield.

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Premier League, Anfield
Saturday, September 16, 2017


Arfield 26′ (assist – )
Salah 30′ (assist – Can)

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the side that started against Sevilla in the Champions League, with Philippe Coutinho making his first start of the season.

Liverpool dominated possession early on and Daniel Sturridge looked lively up front.

But the visitors took the lead in the 26th minute when a long ball forward saw Trent Alexander-Arnold lose out in the air to Robbie Brady; Brady’s header saw Liverpool’s centre backs of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan fail to deal with Chris Wood, and Scott Arfield arrived on the edge of the box to calmly slot past Simon Mignolet.

Burnley‘s lead lasted just four minutes though, with Mohamed Salah equalising in superb fashion.

The Egyptian claimed his fifth goal of the season, collecting Emre Can‘s long ball on his thigh before swivelling and firing past the goalkeeper at the Kop end.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 16, 2017: Liverpoolís Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal and making the score 1-1 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

  • 7 changes as Klopp rotates squad
  • Salah eqalises within minutes of Burnley‘s opener
  • Reds create lots of chances but somehow can’t find winner
  • Two points dropped, somehow

The first half saw Liverpool dominating again, with Coutinho taking several shots but failing to hit the target.

It was all one-way traffic and Sturridge tested the keeper from outside the box, a lovely bit of play from the forward later set up James Milner for what would have been a sensational goal.

Liverpool were playing some lovely football and their build-up play was good, but Burnley‘s organised defence meant most shots were from the edge of the box.

Klopp brought on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke, replacing the two Brazilians.

Two good chances arrived for Burnley from corners, before Liverpool had to huge chances of their own. First Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s shot was saved on the line, then moments later Solanke’s shot hit the bar and somehow stayed out.

Liverpool peppered the Burnley goal but somehow couldn’t find the winner they arguably deserved.

A disappointing two points dropped capped a miserable week on Merseyside.

TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah

Referee: Roger East

Next match: Leicester (A) – League Cup – Tuesday September 19

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