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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Liverpool vs Burnley

Defending English Champions Liverpool Fc were stunned 0-1 at home in the Premier League by the visitors Burnley Fc (The Clarets).

In place of Captain Jordan Henderson; Joël Matip started at Centre Back after recovering from his recent Adductor Injury Issue.

Due to an unspecified Minor Fitness Issue; Henderson was ruled out for the Clarets Home Clash and as such, Georginio Wijnaldum captained the side.

Overall; Jürgen Klopp made 3 changes to the Liverpool Fc (The Reds) Team that was deployed against the visitors Manchester United Fc.

Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came in for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.  Also, Konstantinos Tsimikas was named among the substitutes after recovering from his knee problem.

The Clarets under Sean Dyche was looking clearly for Long Balls and Free Kicks as the Reds dominated the possession.

To put the Visitors under pressure, Shaqiri provided a good cross but Fabinho headed wide to the left in the 2nd minute.

Ashley Barnes looked to give the Clarets an early lead but was denied by Alisson Becker following an assist from Chris Wood in the 10th minute.

In the 21st minute, Shaqiri narrowly missed his shot after an assist from Wijnaldum.

Nick Pope denied Origi’s shot in the 32nd minute following an assist from Mané.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired his shot too high after an neat assist from Thiago in the 37th minute.

Origi came very close to scoring for the Reds but hit the woodwork in the 43rd minute after stealing the ball from Ben Mee and beat Pope one-on-one with a thunderous effort. The Belgian should have done better with his effort.

The Reds would dearly hope that this missed effort will not cost them the Match.

With the Reds inability to score continued, Fabinho picking up a Yellow Card just at stroke of First Half.

From the Clarets perspective, they will feel more pleased that the First Half ended at 0-0.

The Second Half began much like the First Half with more crosses but missing the intended Reds Shirts.

In the 47th minute, Alexander-Arnold’s miscued cross went straight to Pope.

Salah and Firmino were brought on to replace Origi and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 57th minute.

Wijnaldum made a surging run and provided a neat assist to Salah but the Egyptian struck his shot straight to Pope in the near post in the 60th minute.

The Clarets looked to break the deadlock but Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson missed his shot following an cross from Dwight McNeil in the 70th minute.

Caught in two minds between shooting and passing, Firmino missed his shot completely ending up side footing his shot well wide in the 72nd minute.

Alisson brought down Ashley Barnes in the 82nd minute after Fabinho left the ball and Mike Dean quickly pointed to the spot.

Barnes duly converted the Penalty making it 0-1 for the Clarets.

Takumi Minamino replaced Shaqiri in the 84th minute but one could already sense the air of inevitability of an imminent Reds defeat.

Firmino came close to levelling for the Reds but had his shot blocked in the 89th minute following an assist from Alexander-Arnold.

The Clarets held their nerve and kept the Reds at bay until the end as the Match ended at 0-1.

The result meant that the Reds 68 game unbeaten run at home in the Premier League has ended and the Clarets had finally beaten the Reds for the first time since 1950’s.

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 5: Made crucial saves but conceded the decisive penalty which the Clarets took full advantage.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 3: Poor deliveries and going forward offered very little. Clearly frustrated and out of form.

Joël Matip – 7: The only bright spot in the side. Returned after injury and was calm in dealing with few threats from the Visitors.

Fabinho – 5: Left the ball that enabled Barnes to pounce on and resulted in Alisson to concede the Penalty. Defended decently but mistakes like this was bound to happen as the Brazilian has been playing as a Makeshift Defender which is an unfamiliar position for the Brazilian.

Andrew Robertson – 5: Tireless moving forward down the Left Flank but his deliveries were subpar.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5: Lacked the spark moving forward except one moment of surging forward that almost led to an assist.

Thiago Alcântara – 5: Looked hassled by the Clarets attackers during the First Half but steadied himself. Provided neat passes and got the Reds moving forward.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 6: Always looked to get the Reds on the Front Foot with clever passes but was left frustrated with poor finishing from the Reds Frontline.

Forwards:

Sadio Mané – 6: The only forward that posed any kind of trouble for the Visitors but still was unable to cause any serious problems for the Clarets in terms of scoring.

Divock Origi – 5: Was involved in almost every attacking situations but lacked the finishing especially the one-on-one situation with Pope which the Belgian should have done better during the First Half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5: Subdued performance and looked off the pace.

Substitutes:

Mohamed Salah – 6: Got the Reds attack sharper. Denied by Pope during the Second Half.

Roberto Firmino – 3: Continued with his poor form with poor finishing.

Takumi Minamino – N/A: What a waste of talent. Brought on so late in the game and simply had not enough time to make any sort of impact.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 3: The Reds poor form continues mainly due to misfiring forwards.

Klopp decision to bring on an rusty Oxlade-Chamberlain was baffling and again brought on out of form Firmino.

Minamino could have started instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain or brought on earlier in the Second Half instead of Firmino

Despite their 0-7 win over the hosts Crystal Palace now seems like a distant memory; the Reds should remain calm as there is still no need to press the panic button.

But Klopp has to go back to the drawing board. Things are simply not looking good for the Reds at the moment and more difficult Fixtures await them.

Most worrying of all, the Goal scoring issues urgently needs to be addressed. The Reds has been creating chances but constantly let down by poor finishing.

Perhaps it could just be a psychological barrier but whatever it is, needs to be addressed before the Season gets derailed.

 

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