It says something when we are at the point as Liverpool supporters where failing to break a record is the most annoying part of watching a game. A profligate Reds squad were unable to capitalize on a boatload of quality chances following Andy Robertson’s opening headed goal, ultimately drawing with Europe-chasing Burnley 1-1.
With the title procession continuing apace, it is records Liverpool are playing for now, with Manchester City’s 100 points mark and the distinction of becoming the only team to win every home game in a Premier League season still up for grabs going into today’s game. However, the latter record is now off the table as Sean Dyche’s men grabbed a trademark sucker punch of a set piece goal to leave the Reds ruing a wayward shooting performance.
“Of course it is frustrating,” manager Jürgen Klopp said to BT Sport following the disappointing result.
“We should have scored much earlier. We warmed [Burnley keeper] Nick Pope up and at the end he was properly really warm, he made some sensational saves.”
The Clarets stopper put in a man of the match performance, denying sure goals from the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Curtis Jones on his first Premier League start, while Roberto Firmino continued his barren run at Anfield by hitting the wrong side of the post.
“We stand here with only one point and that is not exactly what we wanted,” Klopp admitted.
“We left the door open for Burnley and we needed to close it.”
Champions of England, Europe and the world and all I can think about is one random record of many that we couldn’t manage to shatter. Football fandom is funny like that.
That being said, it is telling that the German did not trust the likes of Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino on the bench with his side chasing a goal.
With the possibility of Chelsea pricing Liverpool out of a transfer for their second consecutive long-term attacking target with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz rumored to be on the move to London, Klopp will need to find more attacking alternatives from somewhere in next season’s title defense.
Right, well now Liverpool need eight points from the remaining nine to break the City record. Arsenal beware.