Liverpool vs. Burnley result: Late penalty dooms Reds

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Despite one-way traffic for most of the match, Liverpool dropped a 1-0 result to visiting Burnley on Thursday.

An 83rd-minute penalty kick by Ashley Barnes sealed the game for the visiting side, which defended doggedly throughout the contest while awaiting an opportunity.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope had six saves to keep the Reds at bay despite overwhelming possession, shooting, and passing advantages for the hosts, as Burnley increasingly frustrated Liverpool by bending but not breaking throughout.

A breakaway miss in the dying minutes of the opening half by Divock Origi summed up the match for Liverpool, which extended its league goalless streak to over four games.

The result denies fourth-place Liverpool a chance to make up ground on the three teams ahead of it in the title race, while Burnley picks up a valuable three points as it looks to stay out of the relegation zone.

DAZN News provided live commentary throughout the match. Here's how it went down.


Full time: Liverpool 0, Burnley 1

It's over! Liverpool has lost at Anfield for the first time in 68 games as Burnley pulls off a stunner.

90+1' Four minutes added

Stoppage time has arrived.

89' Off the line!

Liverpool passes inside the box nicely, and Firmino eventually gets a poke at goal, but Burnley's defenders push the ball away before it can cross the line. It's all hands on deck for the visitors.

83' Goal Burnley

Barnes steps up and side-foots it to Alisson's left. What a game-changer this is after Liverpool's been attacking non-stop for much of the half.

82' Penalty for Burnley!

Alisson takes Barnes down inside the area and the ref points to the spot. Wow.

81' Liverpool's camping in the final third

Burnley's been steadfast in defending despite being pinned in for several minutes now.

72' Still searching for the first goal

Both sides have yet to score a league goal in 2021, which explains a lot about this game.

60' Save, Pope

Wijnaldum goes for a run down the middle of the pitch and dishes off to Salah on his right. The substitute hits a hard left-footer that requires a strong one-handed save from the Burnley 'keeper.

57' Salah and Firmino in

Jurgen Klopp brings in some heavy firepower. Will it be enough to break the dry spell?

51' Save, Pope

Alexander-Arnold nearly sneaks a shot inside the near post, but the Burnley GK gets down quickly, first stopping the ball with his hands then sweeping it away with his foot before any number of attackers could pounce on the rebound.

46' Second half kicks off

No changes for either side.

Halftime: Liverpool 0, Burnley 0

As the whistle blows, Fabinho and Barnes come together. No one leaves the field while the VAR checks a potential kick-out by the Liverpool man, but the original yellow card earned by Fabinho stands.

43' Crossbar!

A terrible clearance attempt by Burnley's Mee sends Origi on a 40-yard breakaway. The Liverpool attacker surely must score with so much time, but he blasts a shot from a distance off the crossbar.

Why he wet for such power from such a distance is a mystery, when Origi had seemingly all day to round the 'keeper and virtually walk the ball in.

40' Liverpool getting closer

The hosts are starting to look a bit more confident in their play, working their way into the box on several occasions. The final product still hasn't materialized, and Burnley's doing well to bunker down with everything at hand, but there are signs of life.

31' Another shot straight at Pope

Liverpool's creating some chances, but all three of the team's shots on target have been directly into the awaiting hands of the Burnley netminder.

23' Save, Pope

Oxlade-Chamberlain has a crack from nearly the same spot as Shaqiri, expect this is a low drive that's right at the Burnley 'keeper.

21' Close

Shaqiri gathers and cuts toeward the top of the box before unleashing a left-footed effort that zings just over the bar.

Best chance of the game so far.

15' Few ideas from either side

Though Liverpool has enjoyed 66% possession so far, there's little purpose to the possession as the Reds have been too static. Burnley's packed the defenders in, forcing Liverpool to try to go wide.

Attempts down the left have mostly failed, and switches to the right have been intercepted before reaching Alexander-Arnold on that flank.

Meanwhile, Burnley's just soaking up pressure and looking to hit on the counter, which is entirely expected given the respective sides' stature and make-up.

11' Liverpool out of the gates quickly

After 10 minutes, it's clear that Liverpool's looking for an early marker to potentially blow this open. The home side has three shots (though none on target) already.

Oddly enough, the game's only attempt on target was a Burnley effort that clearly would've been called offside if Alisson didn't quickly gather it up.

1' Kickoff

We're underway at Anfield.

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