Liverpool lose at Anfield

January 22, 2021
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (left) looks on following the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley in Liverpool, yesterday.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (left) looks on following the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley in Liverpool, yesterday.
Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson, right, reacts after giving out a penalty to Burnley's Ashley Barnes.
Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson, right, reacts after giving out a penalty to Burnley's Ashley Barnes.
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the English Premier League match yesterday.
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the English Premier League match yesterday.
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Liverpool's 68-match unbeaten streak at Anfield in the Premier League ended with a 1-0 loss to Burnley yesterday in the latest setback of a fading title defence.

Ashley Barnes scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after the forward was brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker as Burnley became the first team to win in the league at Anfield since April 2017.

"We lost a game which I think it's actually impossible to lose," Klopp told broadcaster Sky Sports. "But we did it, and that's my fault because my job is to make sure that the boys have the right feelings - the right amount of confidence, they make the right decisions."

It was Burnley's first win at Liverpool since 1974 and it leaves Jurgen Klopp's side six points behind leader Manchester United halfway through their title defence, having not scored in four successive games.

"We had the ball a lot, we created some situations but, in the final moment, obviously our decision-making is not right at the moment, that's the problem," Klopp said. "I have to make it clearer. How you come in behind their last line, these kind of things. That's the job we have to do."

Heated exchange

Frustrations boiled over at the half-time whistle as Barnes reacted angrily to Fabinho appearing to flick out at him, provoking a small melee, but referee Mike Dean only showed the Brazilian a yellow card. Meanwhile Klopp and Burnley manager Sean Dyche had their own heated exchange as they headed down the tunnel.

"I didn't start it, but it's nothing," Klopp said. "All good."

While Liverpool are chasing a record-equalling 20th English title, Burnley are trying to stay in the league and they moved seven points above the drop zone.

"We knew if we keep believing we will get something," Barnes said. "We were growing into the game. We managed to stick to our jobs, slow everything down, and it worked."

Liverpool were again made to pay for their lack of a cutting edge - having left the out-of-form Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench for an hour - and the team has now gone seven hours, 18 minutes without scoring in the league.

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