Liverpool’s winning streak at Anfield ended by Burnley.
Liverpool dropped points at Anfield for the first time in the Premier League this season as Burnley fought to a 1-1 draw against the champions.
Liverpool dominated for the first hour as man-of-the-match Nick Pope made two world-class saves from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but they came either side of Andrew Robertson’s brilliant headed opener from a Fabinho cross
But Burnley made Liverpool rue their missed opportunities, levelling through Jay Rodriguez’s fine shot on the turn (70), and they nearly grabbed an unlikely winner late on as Johann Gudmundsson struck the bar from 12 yards with Alisson stranded.
The result means Liverpool need eight points from their final three games to beat Manchester City’s record points tally of 100 from 2017/18, and three wins to beat their win record of 32. Burnley’s fine form continues, moving up to ninth on 50 points, having lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games.
Liverpool, who had not dropped points at Anfield for 18 months, lay siege on Burnley’s goal in the first half and could have gone in 3-0 up, with Pope’s heroics getting in the way.
First, the England stopper produced a magnificent acrobatic save to his left to deny Salah’s half-volley from 10 yards, before again denying the Egyptian low down after he had wriggled through at close range.
But, from a corner moments later, there was little he could do to deny Robertson’s expert header. Going short from the set-piece, Fabinho received the ball central and spotted the defender back post, and Robertson did the rest, guiding his header beyond Pope and into the top left corner from 12 yards.
It should have been 2-0 just before the break, but again Pope denied Liverpool, diving to his right to tip away Mane’s fierce left-footed shot having found a yard of space in the box.
The onslaught continued after the break; Firmino, the No 9 without a Premier League goal at Anfield all season, came within inches of breaking that unwanted tag, rolling an effort onto the foot of the post from the left of the box after Salah had fed him.
Neco Williams was the next to go close after being released by Salah on the left, lashing his effort at the near post into the Kop, before Salah himself miscued with most of the goal to aim at as the ball rebounded to him quickly 15 yards out.
Despite Liverpool’s dominance, there was still only one goal in it, and the hosts were kicking themselves with 20 minutes to go as Rodriguez equalised. James Tarkowski beat Fabinho in the air from a deep free-kick, and Rodriguez’s brilliant turn and finish from just inside the box found the bottom-left corner.
Burnley had been defending for most of the game before Rodriguez’s leveller
Burnley had by far the best chance of the closing stages as Alisson flapped at a cross, giving Gudmundsson the chance to put the visitors ahead from 12 yards, but the sub saw his effort crash off the crossbar.
Liverpool did not look on the beach – they were intense and creative for three-quarters of this contest – but Burnley and Pope in particular deserve huge credit for hanging in the game to grab a much-needed point in their quest for an unprecedented European spot.
Champions Liverpool now travel to Arsenal on Wednesday at 8.15pm, live on Sky Sports, while Burnley host Wolves at 6pm on the same day in the Premier League.