RATINGS | Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: ‘Formidable’ Fabinho let down by profligate teammates

A dominant performance from the Reds, but ultimately not a winning one. DON KOPLEONE rates the players’ afternoons at Anfield.

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Saturday afternoon saw Liverpool drop points in the league for the first time this season, but it was not for the lack of trying from the Reds’ perspective.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope kept the visitors in the game with fine stops from both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, after Andy Robertson had opened the scoring.

Sean Dyche’s visitors did themselves proud, though. Even if they had their goalkeeper to thank at times, James Tarkowski – among others in the Clarets defence – helped divert balls away from goal at all costs, and their set-piece threat was constant.


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Eventually this aerial pressure told, as Jay Rodriguez slammed home a loose ball following a free-kick from deep.

And, frustratingly, Liverpool could not find what would have been a deserved winner.

Your ratings:

Starting XI

Ali 7.5 – The Brazilian performed much better than he did at the Amex on Wednesday. The Rodriguez goal was brilliantly struck out of his reach.

Neco 6 – A better defensive display, but some strange decisions in the final third.

JoGo 7 – Looked really comfortable, until a few lapses in the last 20 minutes.

Big Virg 6.5 – Honestly, not a vintage display. Still, Virgil is Virgil, though.

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Robbo 7.5 – Best player on the pitch for the first half, with some dangerous deliveries alongside his very well-taken goal. Passing was less impressive after the break, however.

Gini 5.5 – Wijnaldum has not played well since the restart.

Fab 8 – Formidable. Got the assist for the opener and would be a worthy man of the match had Nick Pope not kept Burnley in the game.

CJ 6.5 – Started very brightly, finding regular space and threatening to break onto the scoresheet. Lost possession too often as the game wore on, however.

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Mo 6.5 – Chance creation was at its very best for the Egyptian, before he missed two big opportunities to win the game for the hosts.

Bobby 7 – Scuffed shot struck the post as the wait for an Anfield goal goes on, but Bobby was key to Liverpool’s periods of domination at the start of either half.

Sadio 6.5 – Showed some signs of unnecessary selfishness as the Reds pressed for a winner. Did brilliantly when denied by Pope just before the break, though.

Subs

Trent 7 – A brilliant late cross should have been turned home by Salah.

Naby Lad 6.5 – Good intensity, but a couple of woefully overhit passes.

Ox 6.5 – Brought more energy than Wijnaldum had, but couldn’t find a final ball.


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