Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: Winners and losers as Reds lack cutting edge in final third

Liverpool lost their perfect home record this season as Burnley ground out a draw at Anfield. OLIVER LAWRENSON picks out the Reds’ winners and losers from the game.

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The Reds were made to rue missing several golden chances as a goalkeeping masterclass from Nick Pope denied Jürgen Klopp’s side an 18th home league win of the season at Anfield.

The manager once again decided to rotate with four changes from the side that defeated Brighton on Wednesday night. It was a big moment for Curtis Jones who made his first Premier League start for the Reds. 

The draw makes it more difficult for Liverpool to reach the three-figure mark now, but Klopp will be in a positive mood after a pretty dominant display bar the scoreline.


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Here are the winners and losers from the game:

Winners

Andrew Robertson

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After several rough performances the Scot was back to his best. His marauding runs down the left, a highlight throughout the season, had lacked quality in his last few appearances. However, they returned to great effect on Saturday afternoon producing several eye-catching deliveries that left the Burnley defence scrambling towards their own goal and Klopp wondering how no-one had converted it.

His highlight of the afternoon was a goal which was a thing of beauty. Fabinho caressed a ball over the Burnley back line towards Robertson, free at the back post, who proceeded to nail a curling effort into the top corner with his head, a finish which would not have been out of place if it was scored by one of the front three.

It was a return to form that was perfectly timed with the lack of defensive cover on the Liverpool bench. With a midweek fixture against Arsenal up next, it will give the former Hull man a great chance to continue his return to form against a vulnerable right-hand side of the Gunners.

Neco Williams

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After a difficult evening on Wednesday night the Welshman bounced back in perfect fashion on Saturday afternoon with a measured display. In more familiar surroundings at right-back, he deputised perfectly for Trent Alexander-Arnold as he provided a consistent threat down the right flank.

Williams was a popular target for Virgil van Dijk as the long diagonal pass had a high success rate throughout the game. He worked well in tandem with Mohamed Salah as the Burnley defenders had their hands full whenever either had possession. Charlie Taylor looked relieved when the teenager was taken off just after the hour mark as he had been chasing him all afternoon to no avail.

It is another positive performance and step for Williams who will be looking for more game time before the season is out. With Trent Alexander-Arnold the preferred right-back at this time, though, the 19-year-old will have to bide his time for his first team chances.

Losers

Gini Wijnaldum

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The Dutchman has been an stalwart in the Liverpool midfield this season and has been outstanding for the vast majority. However, on Saturday the game seemed to pass the 29-year-old by. He had a very limited influence as he struggled to implement his own stamp on the match.

Wijnaldum throughout the 90 minutes struggled to find any decisive passes whilst his midfield partners, Fabinho and Jones, impressed alongside him. His body language throughout the game also seemed vacant whilst he struggled to contain the Burnley push during the last 30 minutes.

Klopp will be looking for a reaction from the Dutchman at the Emirates on Wednesday, if he keeps his place. Throughout his Anfield career Wijnaldum has generally followed a below par display with an stronger one. We can all hope as fans that we see the Oranje midfielder bounce back and react in the way we know he can.


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