Published:26 January 2021
Ashley Barnes defeated Liverpool as Burnley put a shocking end to the 68-match unbeaten run of the Reds in the Premier League at Anfield. In the 83rd minute, Barnes secured Burnley's day, drawing a foul from Alisson and converting the ensuing penalty. But it was the increasingly frequent problems at the other end of the pitch that took place in Liverpool, who in their last four top-flight matches are now without a goal.
Divock Origi had the best opportunity to score and end the drought late in the first half, but he hit the crossbar while passing behind the Clarets defence.
Other half chances came the Reds' way, particularly after the introduction of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Still, Burnley's excellent defence forced Liverpool into a torrent of crosses and long-range attempts that created no threat for Clarets, who ended an unbeaten 1,369-day Premier League run for the Anfield hosts.
Nobody would have expected Dyche to finish a famous victory in this match.
The fact that the manager of Liverpool turned into a gibbering, finger-jabbing nutter as he chased Dyche down the tunnel on the half-time attack was the most apparent evidence yet that the German boss is feeling the sun.
Presently, the winners are toothless. They've got their mojo gone. It is not a full-blown crisis, but Anfield now has space for panic.
Not surprisingly, because of the rotten luck they suffered from injuries, they struggled defensively. The biggest surprise is that they have run out of ideas as we advance. Something doesn't work.