Klopp angry as Liverpool’s defence crumbles again

It’s the same old story for Liverpool, as Burnley hold the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Anfield after going 1-0 up through a Scott Arfield opener.

Not even the return of Philippe Coutinho to the field of play after his transfer antics could give Liverpool a helping hand to get the win.

The Lancashire club took the lead on the 27th minute through Scott Arfield, a defensive debacle in the box once again causing the problems for the reds. As a Robbie Brady flick on fell to the Scotsman who belted it past Simon Mignolet.

However that lead didn’t last long, as three minutes later Liverpool equalised when Emre Can’s pass found Mohamed Salah in the box and he did the rest, smashing the ball past stand in goalkeeper Nick Pope.

It was Liverpool who dominated the game throughout having various chances, however none of their attacking players could take their chances.

The visitors nearly took the lead once more, when Ben Mee’s header was blocked on the line by Liverpool centre back Joel Matip. Another corner was whipped in seconds later with Mee once again getting his head to the ball, but he was denied again as Mignolet dived down low to collect the ball.

It was a dominant display by Liverpool who had some very good chances throughout the game, but it was Dominic Solanke who could have won it late on for Liverpool when his close range effort hit the crossbar.

Liverpool’s control of the game can be seen by the amount of shots they had throughout the match, which was 35. It has been a successful start to the season for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can who has made more assists so far this season in his four Premier League games than he has in his previous 89 appearances, making only two assists.

The draw was a good one for Burnley who earned their first points in a league match at Anfield since a 1-0 win in September 1974, they’d lost their previous four in a row before Saturday’s game.

On the result Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was not a happy man, saying: “I’m angry about the performance. In a lot of moments of this game you cannot play better football than we did today.

“We didn’t finish the situations with the goalkeeper making two outstanding saves. The quality is there. I saw a great attitude. I saw them running, I saw them playing and I saw them fighting, but I didn’t see them scoring and that’s a problem.”

Meanwhile Sean Dyche was having very different emotions, he commented: “First-half he [Pope] didn’t have too much to do. He ended up picking the ball out of the back of the net but it was more to do with the defensive unit, who I was delighted with today.

“Second-half, when you really need your keeper he makes two great saves. One took a nick on the way through which he got a quick hand to and the second right under his bar. That’s what the goalkeeper is there for. He’s learning all the time and improving.”

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup third round, while Burnley welcome Leeds, and a reunion for claret and blue striker Chris Wood with his old team.

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