Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League came to an end on Wednesday when Burnley secured a 1-0 win against the defending league champions at Anfield.
Ashley Barnes fired the winner from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute to secure a famous victory for The Clarets.
Barnes was tripped in the box by goalkeeper Alisson with seven minutes remaining and converted the spot-kick as Burnley won at Anfield for the first time since 1974.
Divock Origi was given his first start of the season and should have scored when he ran free on goal after pouncing on Ben Mee’s error but struck the crossbar.
The hosts pushed to find the net in the second half but ran out of ideas, Nick Pope making a stunning save to deny Mohamed Salah and fellow substitute Roberto Firmino flicking an effort wide.
Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was “not worried” by his side’s poor run, but the latest setback means this has now turned into a real problem for the Liverpool manager.
After 19 games, Liverpool are out of form and out of confidence, failing to find the net in their last 440 minutes of top-flight action and awaiting their first league victory of 2021.
Liverpool’s last league loss on their own ground came nearly four years ago, against Crystal Palace in April 2017, and they are now in the fourth position, six points behind leaders Manchester United, at the midway point in the campaign.
Burnley’s shock win lifts them up to 16th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.