Liverpool 0-1 Burnley: Barnes' penalty gifts the Clarets first victory at Anfield in 46 years 

Liverpool 0-1 Burnley: Barnes' penalty gifts the Clarets first victory at Anfield in 46 years 

Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield came to an end on Thursday evening following a 1-0 loss to Burnley in the Premier League. 

Ashley Barnes scored the only goal in the 84th minute from the spot after he was brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The striker stepped up and made no mistake, to hand Liverpool the first league defeat since April 23rd, 2017. 

Burnley had a good start to the game with Ashley Barnes causing threats to Liverpool's defense in early exchange. There was a scare at the back for Reds as Wood competed with Alisson for a long ball which spilled at the feet of Barnes. He lined up a shot towards the unguarded Liverpool goal but Alisson atoned with a flying save on the edge of the box. 

Off the crossbar 

Just before half time, Burnley had their first defensive error and Liverpool came so close to punishing the visitors. Mee's poor clearance fell for Origi and released clean through on goal.  The Liverpool forward opened his body and aimed for the top corner, only to see his firm effort cannon off the bar and into the arms of Pope. 

Quick fact 

Liverpool had 13 shots in the opening 45 minutes against Burnley, their most in the first half a Premier League game without scoring since December 2017 vs Leicester City (also 13).

Immediately after the half time whistle, Fabinho and Barnes clashes, with the Burnley ace hitting the deck, speaking a melee between both sets of players. 

Penalty claim 

Alexander-Arnold drove to the byline and dug out a cross that looks to strike the arm of Pieters. Liverpool appealed wildly for a spot-kick but referee Mike Dean is unmoved, with VAR confirming the on-field decision after replays showed it struck the left-back's side.


Burnley won a free-kick high up a field, send everyone forward but Liverpool look to have dealt with the threat. Fabinho let a ball run back to Alisson but Barnes was on his toes and got there ahead of the Liverpool goalkeeper, who brought him down. Mike Dean wasted no time pointing to the spot, and Liverpool can have no complaints. 

Barnes stepped up and made no mistake, handing Burnley the lead. 

Liverpool's goalless run stretches to four league games for the first time in 21 years, they are winless in five games and their defence is the title is on the rocks. 

The victory now sees Burnley move up to 16th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone. 

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