Liverpool continued their pursuit of a Premier League record points total despite the disappointment of a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield.
The Reds asserted their dominance early on and were rewarded in the 33rd minute thanks to an excellent header from Andy Robertson, whose pinpoint effort from Fabinho’s pass gave the hosts a deserving lead.
But for all of Liverpool’s possession, Burnley managed to find a way back into the game after great work from James Tarkowski – his header found Jay Rodriguez who hit a precise drive beyond Alisson to snatch a point for his side.
The early exchanges at Anfield were dominated by the Reds, though clear-cut opportunities were hard to come by. With customary resilience, Sean Dyche’s Clarets set out to frustrate the Premier League champions early on.
Nobody was frustrated more than Liverpool’s top scorer this season. After two goals against Brighton, Mohamed Salah thought he had added to his tally just before the 20-minute mark, but Nick Pope denied the Egyptian with a fantastic save to stop his right-footed effort.
Despite the heroics of the 28-year-old ‘keeper, there was nothing the Englishman could do to stop Liverpool’s opener. After a corner, the ball fell to Fabinho who chipped an inch-perfect pass on to the head of the flying Scotsman Robertson. His effort curled beyond the dive of the helpless Pope and into the far corner.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were again denied by the resilient Clarets ‘keeper just before half-time. Sadio Mané, who scored against Burnley at Turf Moor earlier on in the season, turned and swivelled in the area before unleashing a fierce effort that Pope was equal to, concluding a dominant first-half display.
Liverpool’s dominance continued in to the second half and nearly brought Reds fans the goal that they all wanted to see. Roberto Firmino, is yet to score at Anfield in the Premier League this season, but must have thought he was about to break his duck as Salah slotted him through, but the Brazilian’s wait for a home goal continued as his scuffed shot agonisingly struck the foot of the post.
The Reds continued to press and try to double their advantage in the early moments of the second half. Curtis Jones, making his first Premier League start, was found again by Salah but the youngster could only fire the ball into the Kop End.
Burnley’s form since the restart seemed to spur them on despite the lack of opportunities coming their way, and they levelled the game just after the drinks break. A free-kick into the box was header across to Rodriguez by James Tarkowski, and the former Southampton man made no mistake in turning to fire beyond Alisson into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The Reds pushed for a winner, but the golden chance was fluffed by Salah late on. The Egyptian hit a tame effort at the imperious Nick Pope following a wonderful Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, and the Liverpool frontman was left frustrated by his poor attempt.
The game finished level, with a dogged Burnley side likely to be pretty satisfied with their day’s work. No perfect home record for Liverpool this season, but still champions of pretty much everywhere.
The Reds now have to win their final three games if they hope to eclipse Manchester City’s 100 point record – with Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United still to play.
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