Liverpool 0-1 Burnley: Ratings as Anfield record falls at hands of Sean Dyche’s Clarets

DON KOPLEONE rates the Reds on a very difficult evening, as Liverpool’s barren run in front of goal goes on.

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Difficult evening to be committing to writing some player ratings here, but I’ll try my best.

From an objective point of view, Liverpool actually looked better offensively in the first-half, and the personnel changes to the side had seemed to have livened them up somewhat.

Sure, the hosts were hardly setting the world alight, but chances were being created slightly more regularly than during the trips to Newcastle and Southampton.

Divock Origi tested Nick Pope on numerous occasions, and should have opened the scoring after a defensive mistake.


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But he didn’t.

The Belgian was denied by the woodwork. And the feeling both that Liverpool cannot score and do not believe they can score was compounded.

And that feeling continued as the game wore on. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were brought onto the pitch, and Salah was immediately denied by a smart stop from Pope, while Firmino went on to fail to connect from six yards out.

Liverpool lack belief right now, and it is belief that had carried them to 68 consecutive unbeaten league fixtures at Anfield. That belief is gone, and so too, now, is that record.

Your ratings, after what felt like a seismic day for Liverpool Football Club:

Starting XI

Ali 6.5 – Unbelievable save before Barnes was flagged offside. Did his best to avoid contact for the penalty and was somewhat unfortunate to see it given.

Trent 5.5 – Actually looked slightly brighter than of late in the first half, but his radar was haywire after the break, routinely failing to find a man with his crosses.

Joel 7.5 – Liverpool’s best player on the day. Dealt well with aerial balls and distributed ball nicely.

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Fab 6 – Started impressively but became embroiled in a battle with Ashley Barnes (not that that’s the Brazilian’s fault, Barnes would pick a fight with his own grandmother) which ultimately saw the Burnley man run free for the penalty.

Robbo 6 – Also failed to find a final ball, less attempts than Trent, however.

Little Shaq 6 – Scorching shot whistled wide of the near post but forced too many crosses at too straight an angle.

ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Seems to despise English referees, and who can blame him. Burnley looked to block the passing lanes into him, which reduced his influence. The Spaniard looked as likely as anyone to unlock the visitors, though.

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Gini 6 – Too little of note bar one burst forward from which Salah oh-so-nearly profited.

Ox 5.5 – Just not happening for the Reds’ No.15 at the moment.

Divvy 7 – Missed a massive chance but the Belgian looked as lively as he has all season, and was arguably unfortunate to be hooked before the hour.

Sadio 6.5 – Did brilliantly before Firmino failed to connect late on. Never quite found a yard of space for a proper strike on goal, though.

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Subs

Bobby 5.5 – Missed a sitter, and then had a flick blocked on the line. Less involved than the man he replaced in the central role, otherwise.

Mo 6 – Looks short of confidence which is a sentence I never thought I’d write.

Taki 6.5 – Little time to influence the game.


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