Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: Champions held to a frustrating draw against Sean Dyche’s Burnley
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Liverpool were left to rue missed chances as they were held to a 1-1 draw by ninth-place Burnley at Anfield.

  • Story of the game

The Reds dominated the first half of the game and if it were not for an inspired Nick Pope, Klopp’s side would have been three up by the interval.

The first of those chances came on 18 minutes as Roberto Firmino played a flick pass to Mohamed Salah who managed to swivel and hit a perfect half-volley into the top right-hand corner but a huge save from Pope cushioned it wide.

Ten minutes from the interval, the Reds finally had their goal courtesy of a superb header from Andy Robertson, who managed to latch onto an equally superb pass from Fabinho to give the Reds the lead. 

Following half-time, Burnley came out a totally different side and had a goal of their own on the 69th minute as Jay Rodriguez hit a perfect half-volley into the bottom left-hand corner to level proceedings.

The away side could have come away with all three points as they saw an effort three minutes from time cannon off the Liverpool bar. 

  • Key takeaways from the match

Blend of youth and experience

With the Premier League title wrapped up, it provided the Reds with the perfect opportunity to give their highly-rated youngsters a run-out alongside the country’s most accomplished players.

Neco Williams and Curtis Jones got the nod today and both had equally impressive performances against a Burnley side vying for European football next season.

Williams had the tough task of filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold but managed to mirror the number 66 in his constant switching of play, a tactic the Reds have used magnificently this season.

Jones occupied the more advanced midfield role of the three and should have had a goal or two, but the 19-year-old bluffed his lines on both occasions.

Firmino still unable to break the duck  

The skillful Brazilian has not scored a home goal in the league for 468 days, with his last coming against Tottenham Hotspur in March of last year.

It's certainly not for the lack of trying, with Firmino constantly finding positions in the opposition box but more than often, the forward opts to play in one of Mane or Salah instead of going for goal himself.

Firmino has never been the conventional Premier League striker but there’s no doubt that he will be dying to get his name on the scoresheet at Anfield against Chelsea in the Reds’ penultimate game of the season, the day in which the men in Red will lift the Premier League trophy.

  • Man of the Match

Nick Pope (Burnley)

The England international kept the scoreline respectable in the first half as he pulled off wondersave after wondersave in net for The Clarets.

Pope has the most clean sheets this season with 14 while pulling off over 100 saves in the process, which is nearly double that of Alisson Becker in between the Liverpool sticks.

With stats like those, surely the England number one spot is all but his for next summer’s Euros.

  • What's next for Liverpool?

The Reds travel to the capital on Wednesday to face Mikel Arteta’s in-form Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five games, beating the likes of Sheffield United and Wolves in the process. The two sides’ have met twice this season, with Klopp’s side victorious on both occasions. Arsenal have not beaten Liverpool in over five years, with their last victory coming in the form of a 4-1 home win against a Brendan Rodgers side that featured Lazar Markovic and Kolo Toure.  

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