Jay Rodriguez's second-half half equaliser ensured Sean Dyche's Burnley side secured a hard-fought point at Anfield. Andy Robertson opened the scoring for the home side on 34 minutes with his second Premier League goal of the season, his first at Anfield.
Liverpool lacked their usual killer instinct in the final third and the ability to kill games off evaded them on a rather frustrating afternoon on Merseyside for Jürgen Klopp's side. Klopp made three changes to the side that saw off Brighton on Wednesday evening, with Neco Williams retaining his place in the starting XI albeit at his favoured role at right-back. Curtis Jones was handed his first Premier League start, capping off a fine few weeks for the academy graduate.
It's been a strange couple of weeks for Klopp's side. Since they secured their first league title in 30 years, the performances have been rather hit and miss and in truth, they have failed to reach their own record-breaking heights they set prior to the league's suspension in March.
There's certainly no reason to panic around Anfield at the moment due to the recent inconsistencies. The drop-off in performance levels is a natural and frequent reaction that we have seen by the league's previous winners, but with Liverpool on the brink of a handful of records, the cause of any disappointment will be frustration rather than anger.
Academy prospects flourishing
Williams and Jones have become the latest youngsters to make the jump from Kirkby to Melwood over the last few seasons and another impressive performance from the pair this afternoon again highlighted why they are so highly regarded by all at Anfield. They both justified their selections and showed why they could be another alternative to Liverpool spending big money in this summer's transfer window.
Jones should've made it two goals at Anfield within the space of six days after a couple of half-chances early in the first half, the timing of his runs into the box showing his intelligence and understanding of the system he was deployed in.
It was a different midfield balance to what is usually seen under Klopp, with Jones operating in the number '8' position alongside Georginio Wijnaldum. However, he was given a license to venture forward into the half-spaces and act almost as a number '10' at times, showing his impressive link-up play with the forward three - something that isn't regularly seen when Jordan Henderson lines up alongside Wijnaldum. It was another impressive outing for the Toxteth-born academy graduate who continues to enhance his reputation.
Williams yet again showed why there continues to be so much talk around the young full-back. It was a disappointing end to his night against Brighton on Wednesday when he was taken off as a precaution at half time after picking up an earlier yellow card on his first Premier League start.
Williams staked an enormous claim be Liverpool's versatile full-back cover next season. He played like a player well beyond his tender age of 19, he offered a great option attacking and linked up with Mohamed Salah down the right. Defensively too, he stood his ground and had a great running battle with Dwight McNeil, the confidence and eagerness he showed to get on the ball and go forward showed exactly why Liverpool will be looking to somehow squeeze him into this all-conquering side over the next few years.
It was a difficult afternoon for Liverpool in the final third; it always is when a well-organised and disciplined side like Burnley come to town. With the fixtures coming thick and fast since the resumption of the Premier League, it would explain why there are noticeable drop-offs in intensity in some games, something that hasn't been seen over the course of the season.
The final ball and decision making for many wasn't up to the standard that has been on show for the previous nine months. The performance of Nick Pope too resulted in a rather barren spell in front of goal for the newly crowned champions of England.
Salah's quest for a third consecutive Golden Boot looked like it came to an end. At times it looked like the Egyptian was trying too hard in order to catapult his name up the goal-scoring charts. He was presented with a golden chance in injury time to keep up Liverpool's 100% record at Anfield this season, but his effort continued the theme of the afternoon of woeful execution when Liverpool had been presented with the chances.
Records, records and more records...
Although Liverpool's 100% record at Anfield ended at the hands of Dyche and his men, there are still plenty of records that the current squad and Klopp will have their eye on breaking. With three games to play what records can Klopp's men rewrite in the history books?
Most points in a league season - 100 points
Liverpool can achieve a maximum of 102 points, and with the Reds currently sat on 93 points it would require maximum points from the final three games to break the 100 point record currently held by Manchester City.
Most wins a league season - 32
Again, Liverpool have currently racked up 30 league wins, and maximum points from the remaining three would set a new record of 33 wins a 38-game season.
Biggest title-winning margin- 19
Pep Guardiola's side currently hold this record from 2017/2018. Liverpool currently sit 24 points ahead of City, so two wins from the final three would be enough for Klopp's side to take the record regardless of second-place City's results.