A late penalty by Ashley Barnes secured a shocking victory for Burnley, who have now ended Liverpool’s incredible unbeaten home run.
Liverpool’s worrying trend of failing to score in games continued against a Burnley side who were happy to sit deep and take in the pressure from the defending champions.
It is a tactic that worked perfectly for them, on the night, as they frustrated Liverpool and ultimately won the game after Ashley Barnes converted a penalty in the 83rd minute.
The defeat means that Liverpool’s unbeaten run which stretches back to 2017 has now been ended and they have now gone four games without scoring. Even more worrying will be the fact that the Reds are six points behind Manchester United in their quest to defend their title.
After the game, Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, gave a realistic assessment of his side’s chances of winning the title, saying:
It’s wrong decisions in the moment, three crosses in the box, we tried to find a player, didn’t, it’s my job to make sure the boys are in the right position, that they feel right.
It’s a tough one, not easy to explain, These boys are not the kind of person after a 7-0 to think we’ll go like this, they worked tonight hard and it didn’t happen, if something doesn’t work you have to try harder, more often, longer. It was not easy to lose that game and we did it.Advertisement
It’s not about blaming, we have to sort it together and we will. In football you don’t have a lot of time. We tried a lot, in some moments the right things and some not. That’s the problem You have to break the wall down by trying, in the right mood. We had chances.
We can’t imagine the title race at the moment.
Liverpool will now turn their attention to their FA Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford, hoping they can progress to the next stage of the competition.
Atletico Madrid extend their lead at the top
Former Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez continued his incredible from for Diego Simeone’s side as he netted twice in the 40th and 89th minute to give the league leaders all the three points.
The win puts Atletico Madrid on 44 points, seven ahead of Real Madrid who are in second place and 10 points between themselves and Barcelona who sit fourth on the table.
Atletico Madrid still have two games ahead and are in a good place ahead of their tie against Valencia on Sunday.