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EPL: Brave Burnley draw Liverpool

17 September, 2017, 08:41 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Roberto Firmino cut a distraught figure as he left the field following his penalty miss

"My job is to allow this team the best opportunity to be successful".

The result means that Burnley have now taken five points from away trips to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool this season, having ended the previous campaign with the second-worst away record in the league.

Liverpool failed to overcome the absence of suspended forward Sadio Mane as it was held by Burnley to 1-1 at Anfield in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Daniel Sturridge nearly gave his side the flawless start in the third minute, but his tame effort at the end of Andrew Robertson's marauding run failed to trouble Pope. Pope dived low to keep out piledrivers from Sturridge and Can, who scored in Liverpool's victory in the corresponding fixture last season.

It has cost them points for the second time this week, following the 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

With Burnley managing only four shots in total at Palace's goal, half of them being off-target, a lack of creativity afflicted the Burnley performance. Obviously fortune didn't wear a Liverpool shirt today.

In fact, on the contrary, Burnley nearly scored the winning goal when in the 77th minute Brady's brilliant effort could be saved by Mignolet keeper.

On the other hand, Burnley kept their faith in the counter attacking/defending system by maintaining a classic deep lined 4-4-2 which helps in narrowing the gaps between the opposition's midfield and attacking lines. Three minutes after finding themselves 1-0 down, Can dispatched a delightful ball over the top from inside his own half for Mohamed Salah to contest. The criticism appeared justified last Saturday as City attackers carved up Klopp's back line.

Daniel Sturridge forced Pope - who was booked for time-wasting - to beat away a shot from outside the penalty area and Tarkowski made a fine block from James Milner as the pressure increased.

This won't be the last time Liverpool dominate a match only to be undermined by shoddy defending.

They were unlucky, perhaps, not to see a late flurry of chances produce a winning goal, but by the final whistle, Anfield regulars were left asking the usual questions.

From that moment, it looked as though Liverpool would push on and claim the three points.

Dejan Loven has been ruled out with a back injury while Simon Mignolet returns in-goal for Liverpool.

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