Liverpool’s Premier League game with Burnley on Thursday night was a success, although the quality on the pitch was somewhat lacking.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp shocked a lot with his decision to drop Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in favor of Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the squad selection backfired.
The hosts couldn’t find a way to get past Nick Pope, who was in inspired form for Sean Dyche’s side, before the visitors got a penalty as Alisson took down Ashley Barnes.
The striker converted the kick to earn Burnley an incredible victory, ending Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield. It also sees them losing ground in the Premier League title race, having won none of their last five games.
However, just before half-time, Fabinho and Barnes clashed, causing players from both teams to launch, for lack of a better word, ‘handbags’. VAR was consulted and no one was fired, with a yellow card for Fabinho.
Soon after, Klopp and Dyche were seen exchanging some pretty harsh words. There was also some pretty wild posturing for good measure.
Unfortunately for us, Klopp refused to spill too many beans on the conversation during his post-game interview. He told Sky Sports: “If he doesn’t talk about it, I won’t talk about it.” So not much to read in there, then.
Thursday night’s white was Liverpool’s fourth scoreless league game, the first time a Jurgen Klopp side has done so since his Mainz side made it to the Bundesliga between November and December 2006.
The Reds will next take part in the FA Cup when they host Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday before returning to the league on Thursday. at Tottenham.
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