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    Liverpool 1-1 Burnley Match Report


    Liverpool's poor form during the month of September continued on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp's team had to fight back from a goal down to claim a point against a resolute Burnley side.

    The Reds, who made seven changes from the 2-2 draw against Sevilla last Wednesday, were unable to make their superiority count against a stubborn away side who created very few opportunities but defended valiantly.

    The shake-up in personnel did enable Philippe Coutinho to make his first Liverpool starting appearance of the season but there was still no place in the line-up for £35 million arrival Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Despite having 71 per cent possession as well as 35 efforts on target, the hosts surprisingly found themselves 1-0 down after 27 minutes courtesy of Scott Arfield's first goal for The Clarets in nearly a year.

    Having received possession just inside the Liverpool penalty area following Chris Wood's lay-off, the Canadian international caressed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner past the forlorn dive of Simon Mignolet.

    The visitors were only ahead for three minutes, however, with £34.3.million summer signing Mohamed Salah equalizing for his team on the half-hour mark with a ruthless finish of his own.

    The Egyptian was found by a speculative Emre Can pass from inside the Liverpool half, which he brought under control with an excellent first touch before creating the space to drill the ball past Nick Pope with a low finish.

    Liverpool were the dominant side throughout the first-half despite finding clear-cut chances hard to come by, with Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah failing to make the most of rare opportunities that fell their way.

    Sturridge, who had already had an early sight of goal with a 15-yard strike that was easily saved by Pope, came within inches of getting on the end of a James Milner cross in the latter stages of the half.

    Salah also tested Pope with a speculative effort from the edge of the Burnley penalty area after a devastating move involving Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Roberto Firmino, which started inside the Liverpool half.

    The pattern of the game continued after the break, with a well-drilled Burnley defence standing firm to deny the home side, who were camped in the edge of the penalty area, a clear-cut opportunity.

    Liverpool were often reduced to shooting from distance, with Emre Can drilling an effort from nearly 25 yards which stung the fingertips of Pope but was subsequently cleared from danger by James Tarkowski.

    Sturridge then had two half-chances in quick succession but duly managed to mistime a close-range header following Firmino's pinpoint cross before testing Pope with a 20-yard effort which was palmed wide.

    Sturridge, who was making his second start of the season, almost turned provider later in the half when his delicate chip found Milner in-behind the Burnley defence but the midfielder's fierce strike was superbly blocked by Tarkowski at close-range.

    Despite struggling to vacate their own half at times during the match, the visitors nearly subjected their hosts to a sucker-punch with only 10 minutes remaining when Ben Mee missed two headed chances to equalize in the space of a minute.

    The defender found himself unmarked inside the Liverpool penalty area when his effort was cleared off the line by Joel Matip, while he was also all alone seconds later from the resulting corner but his header was superbly saved by Mignolet at the near-post.

    Liverpool continued to bombard the Burnley goal in the closing minutes in pursuit of the elusive winning goal but neither Trent Alexander-Arnold or Dominic Solanke were able to make the most of excellent opportunities.

    Alexander-Arnold's left-footed strike, which was heading towards the bottom-corner, required Pope to make an outstanding save at full-stretch, while Solanke struck the crossbar from close-range after Alexander-Arnold had provided him with a gilt-edged opportunity.

    Burnley duly held on to secure their fifth away point of the season, which was richly deserved for the resilience they showed throughout the match and for the rare moments of quality they produced in the final third of the pitch.

    Liverpool, who have now gone three consecutive matches without a win, drop to eighth in the table ahead of successive trips to the King Power Stadium to play Leicester City in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League.

    Burnley, meanwhile, collected their first point at Anfield since 1975 but remain in seventh position ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup tie at home to Leeds United and Saturday's league visit of Huddersfield Town.
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