As it happened: Rodriguez ends Liverpool's hopes of Anfield perfection


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Stay tuned for reaction from both camps and coverage of the rest of the weekend's Premier League action.
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And that's it. Liverpool drop two points at home to Burnley despite having a vast array of chances.
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That was the chance

Van Dijk brilliantly picks out Alexander-Arnold, who fires one across the box for Salah. He's in a great position, but hits it straight at Pope. They surely won't get a better chance than that. 
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90+4' Four minutes for Liverpool to protect their 100% Anfield record.
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90' Pope is now able to grab a sliding cross from Keita.
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89' An awful pass from Keita gives Pope a chance to run down another 30 seconds or so. 
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88' Bardsley goes straight through Salah and picks up a booking. 
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87' So close to a winner for Burnley. Alisson punches two deliveries away, and it eventually drops to Gudmundsson, who leans back and hits the crossbar! What a let-off!
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86' A corner for Burnley, who look about as capable of winning it...
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86' Salah takes a pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain and shoots straight at Pope.
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84' Oh that was a chance for Burnley. Rodriguez looked to cross to an unmarked Vydra in the middle but Alisson was alert enough.
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83' Truthfully, Liverpool aren't looking like scoring at the moment. 
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81' Klopp throws Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Wijnaldum, an attack-minded midfield switch.
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80' Liverpool are getting a little frustrated. Gomez is booked after wrestling with Vydra.
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79' Salah's through ball to Firmino is intercepted. Hard to think of a clearcut opening since Liverpool were pegged back. 
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75' Van Dijk has to be alert to deal with McNeil's latest cross. 
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74' Expect Burnley to run down the clock as much as possible in the time that remains. Pope holds a Mane shot as if it were a young baby.
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73' The right-back now tries his luck from 25 yards out and sees it beaten away by Pope.
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71' A sliced cross from Alexander-Arnold spurns Liverpool's first attempt to restore their lead.
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70' Tarkowski headed the ball the way of Rodriguez, and he lashed it into corner! 

Sometimes, the more dominant you are at 1-0, the more 1-1 feels inevitable.

Work to do now for the champions. 

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GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

And, out of nowhere, Burnley have levelled it! Jay Rodriguez!
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67' Liverpool are going to make two alterations during the drinks break.

Academy products Williams and Jones are going to be replaced by Alexander-Arnold and Keita as Liverpool look to move clear of Burnley.

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66' Williams cracks one goalwards after Firmino's lay-off. Block, corner. 
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65' Burnley survive the VAR check and make two changes.

Off go Pieters and Wood, on come Gudmundsson and Vydra.

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64' Mohamed Salah wants a penalty after seemingly being bundled over by Tarkowski.

There might not be enough in it. 

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62' A blocked Wijnaldum shot breaks for Salah, who has plenty of goal to aim at. Unfortunately, he gets the shot all sorts of wrong and it balloons away.
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60' Fabinho has form for scoring for range. He looks to place one into the bottom right corner but it hits Brownhill and goes behind.
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58' Firmino slips it to Mane, who sets himself for a shot that bounces harmlessly wide. A tad selfish. 
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56' Alisson has to work a little harder now to push away a Rodriguez header, but it turns out the flag was up.
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54' I think that's Alisson first save of the afternoon. Rodriguez sidefoots on into his midriff from the edge of the box.
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Close again!

52' Westwood is dispossessed and Liverpool race away. Salah plays it into the path of Jones, who takes a touch and fires wide. It looked as if he'd finished emphatically for a split-second.

Burnley are clinging on. 

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Off the post!

49' Firmino just can't get that league goal at Anfield! Salah slips him through and he aims for the far corner but sees it come back off the inside of the post.
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Second half

We're off again.
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Liverpool the deserved leaders at the break, then, after creating plenty of opportunities.

But they can't afford to relax yet, with Burnley threatening on occasion. 

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Pope again!

And in the last action of the half, Pope tips away a Mane shot heading for the top corner. He's kept Burnley in the contest.
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Two added minutes.
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Burnley chance

44' Bardsley lifts a pass over the Liverpool defence and Jay Rodriguez is suddenly in-behind. He has to fire from a tight angle, and can't work Alisson. 
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43' Robertson has had some half. He teases a cross in after powering past Pieters, and Firmino is very close to tapping it in. 
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42' Alisson is having to deal with these corners from pretty much underneath  his own crossbar. 
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41' Something of a spell here from Burnley, as they're presented with another opportunity from a misplaced pass. McNeil shoots, Gomez blocks. Another corner.
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39' Burnley threaten after a loose pass from Van Dijk. Gomez clears McNeil's fizzed low ball at the near post. 
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38' Robertson is bound for the byline again but Mane's slide-rule ball is overhit and trickles out. 
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36' It's a goal from an unlikely source, but one that's been coming for the Reds. Can they now establish daylight before the break? 
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Fabinho floated the ball the way of the Scot, this time on the right side of the area, and he managed to head it high into the far corner. A fantastic effort. 
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GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Burnley

34' And it's Andrew Robertson who breaks the deadlock. Who would have predicted that?
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Salah goes close again

33' Mane nicks possession in the Burnley box and feeds Salah, who looks to steer it in, only for Pope to get himself in the way. 
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28' And then we see a really important Charlie Taylor interception with Salah and Mane motoring the other way. 
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27' Burnley crowd Alisson as they whip-in a corner, and Van Dijk has to glance it away at the back post. 
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25' The game resumes with an Alisson goal-kick.
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23' Something of a checkpoint for Burnley as the referee calls the drinks break. 
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22' Jones was of course a scorer on Liverpool's last Anfield outing against Villa.

Salah overhits a return ball to Mane to spare Burnley.

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Big chance

21' Slick move from Liverpool. Mane lets Salah's pass run for Jones, who steps inside and has his shot blocked. An opener doesn't look too far away. 
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What a save!

18' It bounces up for Salah in the area and Pope claws the half-volley round the post. Excellent save. 
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17' Robertson is causing Burnley plenty of problems on the left. This time he pulls back from the byline and it reaches Jones on the edge of the box, who sweeps it in the arms of Pope. 
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14' Alexander-Arnold looks unimpressed from the bench as Salah lofts a free-kick well over. 
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13' Mane beats three men but Firmino takes over possession and sees his shot deflected over the crossbar.

An apologetic hand raised by the Brazilian, who still awaits a first league goal at Anfield this season. 

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11' An incisive long ball finds Robertson in the area where he's most dangerous, and he looks to square for Salah. A critical intervention from Kevin Long thwarts the Egyptian.
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10' Brief opening for Burnley after Westwood intercepted a throw in Liverpool territory and knocked it forward to Wood, but Gomez is on the scene to regain possession. 
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6' The Reds' most dangerous attack so far ends in Tarkowski putting the ball out for a corner after a Robertson-Mane combination. 
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6' Liverpool have dominated possession in the quiet opening exchanges. 
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Mohamed Salah has the first kick, and we're off and running. 
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The two sides gathered at the centre circle to observe a minute's silence following the passing of World Cup-winner Jack Charlton. 
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The teams are both out onto the pitch at Anfield. It's a pleasant afternoon on Merseyside. 
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Confirmed Burnley XI

There's a boost for Burnley as Chris Wood makes his comeback.

Team in full: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Pieters, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.

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Confirmed Liverpool XI

Neco Williams keeps his place for Liverpool, but this time he's starting on the right side of the defence. Fellow teenager Curtis Jones makes his Premier League debut in midfield.

Naby Keita makes way for Fabinho and Mane returns in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Team in full: Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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The head-to-head

Burnley haven't won at Anfield since 1974, when Bob Paisley was in the Liverpool dugout.

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have won five of the seven meetings, last losing in August 2016. 

That was an extraordinary encounter at Turf Moor which saw Liverpool fail to direct any of their 26 attempts on target. They also had a whopping 81% possession.

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Last time out: Routine Reds win

For Liverpool, the only real concern at Turf Moor in August was an off-field incident.

On the pitch, they eased to a 3-0 win after a Chris Wood own goal and strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

But Mane made further headlines with a furious outburst on the substitutes' bench, apparently directed at Mohamed Salah for his selfishness in front of goal.

Fortunately for the Reds, there have been no flare-ups between their two star attackers since.

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Burnley team news

Burnley will be without a number of key players at Anfield.

Henderson's counterpart Ben Mee is out with a thigh injury, while Matt Lowton (foot), Jack Cork (ankle) and Ashley Barnes (groin) will also stay home.

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Liverpool team news

The hosts have been dealt a blow with Jurgen Klopp's confirmation that captain Jordan Henderson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury he sustained late on at Brighton.

Joel Matip is also sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Dejan Lovren is still nursing a knock.

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Dyche's fresh round of plaudits

It was West Ham who were desperate for points when already-safe Burnley journeyed to the London Stadium in midweek.

And yet, the Clarets ran out victorious thanks to Jay Rodriguez's first-half header. 

They sit 10th in the Premier League, level on points with 2019 Champions League finalists Spurs.

Sean Dyche continues to work miracles in very difficult circumstances. Can he guide his players to a famous result here?

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Checking in on the record chase

After 34 matches, Liverpool have 92 points.

They'll need to win three of their last four matches to post an all-time record tally of 101.

Following Saturday's game, they face Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle in a tricky finish.

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Brighton win more like it for the champions

Wednesday night saw Liverpool travel to Brighton in their third dead-rubber.

The champions had been emphatically beaten by distant runners-up City and limped past lowly Aston Villa since being crowned.

But at the Amex, they were approaching their slick attacking best, earning a satisfying 3-1 win.

Brighton were able to carve out more chances than Jurgen Klopp would have liked, but most importantly, his players looked somewhat reinvigorated.

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Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Liverpool's penultimate home match of their title season against Burnley.