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Player ratings as Ashley Barnes ends Reds unbeaten home record of 68 games


Burnley ended Liverpool’s unbeaten home record in the Premier League as Ashley Barnes’ late penalty gave Sean Dyche’s side a 1-0 victory on Thursday night.

A turgid first half looked like a squared end, before a Ben Mee error gave Divock Origi a glorious opportunity to open the scoring, but the Belgian’s effort channeled the woodwork with Nick Pope beaten.

Liverpool threw everything they had at the visitors in the second half to no avail, and with just six minutes remaining Burnley took a shock lead. Ashley Barnes was shot in the area by Alisson after a defensive confusion, and the Austrian rose to score the resulting penalty.

It’s the match that highlights the path, maintaining those player ratings.

Fabinho, Ashley Barnes
Fabinho protects the ball | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Alisson (GK) – 5/10 – Did a good job getting off his line quickly to reduce the amount of space behind Liverpool’s baseline, but gave the penalty late.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 5/10 –
Really struggled to make an impact on the game in the opposition’s final third like he would have in seasons past. Fairly comfortable on the defensive, but very little to say.

Fabinho (CB) – 5/10 – Had a hard time dealing with Chris Wood and Barnes. Eventually overpowered by the pair and ended up making multiple unusual mistakes.

Joel Matip (CB) – 7/10 – A quick return to form in the heart of Liverpool’s defense. Refused to be overpowered by both Burnley fronts and did well overall.

Andy Robertson (LB) – 5/10 – Very similar to Trent Alexander-Arnold, rarely threatened defensively but just couldn’t get a grip on the game going forward.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri retained his place in the squad | Pool / Getty Images

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 5/10 – He turned things around well and tried to add some importance to the midfield, but just couldn’t settle into the game and endured a frustrating evening.

Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 6/10 – Clean and tidy as we expected and sought to break Burnley’s strict lines where possible.

Xherdan Shaqiri (CM) – 5/10 – Got his second straight Premier League start but hasn’t done much to suggest he will be a regular in the starting XI. An impressive strike in the first half but very little to show for his efforts.

Charlie Taylor, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain embarks on a challenge | Pool / Getty Images

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (RW) – 5/10 – A fairly anonymous performance from the former Arsenal man. Responsible for playing in the top three rather than in the midfield, but it is clearly more efficient to pick up the ball deep.

Divock Origi (ST) – 4/10 – His first start to the Premier League season. Should have given his side the lead on the stroke of half-time but could only find the crossbar. Hooked in the second half after a bad display.

Sadio Mane (LW) – 6/10 – The only one of Liverpool’s top three to retain his place. It looked lively but just couldn’t find real quality when it mattered.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino was presented in the second half | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 6/10

Roberto Firmino (ST) – 5/10

Takumi Minamini (CM) – N / A

Nick pope
Nick Pope took his place between the sticks | Pool / Getty Images

Nick Pope (GK) – 9/10 – Sensational performance. Burnley’s entire backline deserves to be saluted, but he in particular was superb, producing an incredible series of saves in the second half.

Matthew Lowton (RB) – 7/10 – Restrained Sadio Mane for much of the evening and clung to his task despite being outnumbered at times on the right.

James Tarkowski (CB) – 8/10 – Colossal performance from Burnley’s center-back. Dominant aerial and always looking to find a man whenever he had the chance to clear his lines.

Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – An equally good performance for his center-back partner but was almost guilty of ruining everything with a lack of focus which allowed Origi to pass in the first half.

Charlie Taylor (LB) – 6/10 – Restored to Burnley’s starting XI after a spell with a hamstring injury. Very well beaten but was withdrawn with injury at the start of the second half.

Robbie Brady, Georginio Wijnaldum
Robbie Brady is looking to find one of Burnley’s singers | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Dwight McNeil (RM) – 7/10 – Offered an outing in the Burnley all evening and stretched Liverpool’s back line whenever given the chance.

Ashley Westwood (CM) – 7/10 – Well recycled possession whenever Burnley could put a foot on the ball. Combative and tenacious everywhere.

Josh Brownhill (CM) – 8/10 – Burnley’s choice of midfielders. Always looking to take the ball from his defenders and distribute the game. A display full of energy and desire.

Robbie Brady (LM) – 6/10 – I tried to force Alexander-Arnold to come back as best he could, but he often ended up the other way around. However, did not neglect his defensive duties.

Chris Wood, Joel Matip
Chris Wood Holds His Man Back | Pool / Getty Images

Chris Wood (ST) – 6/10 – Holds the ball well and uses the extra space Liverpool’s back line has given him.

Ashley Barnes (ST) – 7/10 – Didn’t stop working all night and was unlucky enough not to open the scoring in the first half after being denied by an excellent save from Alisson. Eventually got the goal that his display deserved.

Erik Pieters (LB) – 6/10

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (CM) – 6/10