RECAP: Liverpool 2 Burnley 0

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave Burnley a backhanded compliment ahead of Saturday's early kick-off at Anfield.

By Dan Black
Saturday, 21st August 2021, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 12:00 am
Ashley Barnes of Burnley is fouled by Alisson Becker of Liverpool leading to a penalty being awarded during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on January 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England.
Ashley Barnes of Burnley is fouled by Alisson Becker of Liverpool leading to a penalty being awarded during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on January 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England.

Honours are even when it comes to the last four meetings between the two teams in Merseyside with each collecting five points.

The visitors came out on top last time out when Ashley Barnes's late spot kick settled matters against the defending champions.

And in the process the Clarets shattered the Reds' impressive 68-game unbeaten Premier League record on home soil.

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Klopp knows that the visitors will make life hard for his side once again and suggested that they're an 'annoying' opponent to face.

"We will try now to have the best home game in front of fans for 520-something days. We want to enjoy that and that is only possible when you play positively.

"There are no guarantees, especially not against Burnley, " said the German coach.

"They can make life really uncomfortable, they defend well, have really good footballers in the team.

"Sean is doing a brilliant job there. He sets them up, to be not only annoying, but they can be annoying as well.

They are good at set pieces, have a clear way of playing and that is what we prepare for, not for any type of revenge."

LIVE: Liverpool 2 Burnley 0

Last updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2021, 23:55

  • The Clarets are unbeaten in three of their last four visits to Anfield
  • Ashley Barnes scored the winner last season to end Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten home run
  • Sean Dyche’s side have opened the scoring in four of their past five league matches at Anfield
  • Burnley could win consecutive league away games against Liverpool for the first time since 1897
  • The Reds have won their last eight opening Premier League home matches
  • Burnley could lose five consecutive Premier League games for the first time
  • The Clarets can set a Premier League record for the most consecutive matches without receiving a red card

Another opportunity for the hosts

Mane’s effort is awkward for Pope but the Burnley keeper finds a way to divert the ball wide.

A scramble in the box results in Salah getting a shot away at goal and Dwight does well to stick out a leg to block on the line.

van Dijk gets on the end of a corner and Mane is a whisker away from turning the ball home from close range.

Burnley have the ball in the back of the net

Lowton does exceptionally well to work the space for a cross and Barnes converts, but the striker was in an offside position.

Half-time: Liverpool 1 Burnley 0

Diogo Jota scores the only goal of the first half.

Tarkowski gets to Lowton's set-piece before Alisson but the defender's header is off-target.

Mee gets his head in the way to prevent Salah's attempt from reaching goal.

Mane runs off the shoulder of Mee to connect with Alexander-Arnold's pass, but the first-time effort is just wide.

Salah threads the ball into the corner from Elliott’s incisive pass but, after a VAR check, the goal is chalked off for offside.

Liverpool pushing for a second

Salah goes for goal left-footed, trying to squeeze the ball into the aperture at the near post, but Pope turns the effort for a corner, which is eventually headed over by van Dijk.

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