Liverpool may not yet be in crisis, but if they continue this way, they may find themselves in it. They drew at home to Burnley a game they should have won, it clearly shows the home side lacks confidence following there loss to Manchester City, and home draw to Sevilla.
They did all they could to get a win, but Burnley were superb in there defending and all round play at frustrating Liverpool, they almost snatched a winner almost at the end of the game.
Klopp made seven changes to the side that faced Sevilla in the Champions League. Mass alterations might be necessary for fresh legs, but they can also be undermining. There was no much rhythm to their game.
Now Liverpool are already five points behind Manchester City, a week which began with defensive toils ending with a rare blunt attacking display.
The Reds had up to 35 efforts at goal to the Clarets’ five, but could have lost had Joel Matip not cleared Ben Mee’s header off the line late on.
Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield’s crisp finish on a rare foray forward in the 27th minute.
Liverpool levelled three minutes later. This time Dyche was rueing slack defending as a simple Emre Can pass picked out Salah. Naturally it was the Egyptian’s left foot slamming the ball past Pope.
The suspension of Sadio Mane in the wake of his red card at Manchester City ushered in the return of Philippe Coutinho to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up and the Brazilian seemed eager to show his commitment to the cause after an unsettled summer, featuring several offers from Barcelona.
Afforded a deeper role behind the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Salah, he was as industrious as he was inventive.
Like his team though, his finishing was not good enough to convert pressure into a lead. Too often, Liverpool’s shots were too wayward and from too far out.
Klopp was clearly not pleased with the result.
“I am not in a perfect mood. It is a strange feeling,” said Klopp. “We drew but a lot of parts with the game I was pleased. We were fluent and created moments. We did it often enough and with a better decision we could have done more. It was the best performance versus Burnley since I have been here, but not results-wise.
Man of the match was picked by Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool 1 – 1 Burnley