Jurgen Klopp’s irritating begin to the season continued as Liverpool have been held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, regardless of Mohamed Salah’s fifth objective of the season.
The German made seven modifications, together with a primary begin of the marketing campaign for Philippe Coutinho, to the facet that was held at dwelling 2-2 by Sevilla within the Champions League in midweek, however one more defensive error value Liverpool dearly towards a Burnley staff that has not gained at Anfield in 43 years.
Two targets in three minutes have been the spotlight of a primary half through which Liverpool dominated possession, but have been required to return again from a objective down after Scott Arfield opened the scoring on 26 minutes.
It once more highlighted the weak spot of a Liverpool defence that has been underneath the microscope over the opening weeks of the season and Klopp’s livid response on the touchline spoke volumes about his personal view of proceedings.
Robbie Brady gained an aerial problem with Trent Alexander-Arnold, heading into the realm the place centre-halves Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip have been drawn right into a problem on Chris Wood.
A faint spark off Klavan moved the ball on and the unmarked Arfield drove the ball dwelling from 12 yards for his first objective since final October.
That strike surprised the house crowd into silence as Burnley threatened to spoil Liverpool’s celebrations on the 125th anniversary of their first-ever match.
Fortunately for the house supporters, they solely needed to wait three minutes to attract degree with the most straightforward of targets as an Emre Can move, from properly inside his personal half, dropped invitingly for Salah.
The Egyptian confirmed neat management and a contact to take his marker Stephen Ward out of the sport earlier than driving an unstoppable end previous Nick Pope, the goalkeeper making his first Premier League begin within the absence of injured England worldwide Tom Heaton.
The targets opened up what had been a decent affair with Salah, twice, and Sturridge testing Pope with low photographs that have been comfortably handled.
Coutinho, hardly ever concerned in that first interval, additionally performed by means of a vigorous wanting Sturridge whose fierce shot struck the Burnley side-netting.
Pope, comparatively comfy within the first half, seemed much less so in spilling Can’s shot from the sting of space and the goalkeeper, jeered all through the primary half by Liverpool supporters for time losing, was lastly booked for the offence on 54 minutes.
Liverpool pressed ever nearer, with one more Coutinho shot deflected behind and Sturridge’s dedicated run throughout the sting of the penalty field ending with a shot which Pope pushed to security.
Burnley sounded a word of warning on a uncommon counter-attack when Jack Cork’s excellent problem arrange Brady for a shot which Simon Mignolet wanted two makes an attempt to catch.
Can then needlessly gave away a nook from which Brady picked out Ben Mee, whose goalbound header was cleared off the road by Matip.
And from the next nook, the identical mixture — Brady to Mee — noticed the Burnley defender once more denied, this time by Mignolet’s reflex block.
In a robust response to that scare, Alexander-Arnold’s first-time shot was properly held by Pope, with the substitute keeper later doing even higher to tip a close-range shot from substitute Dominic Solanke onto his bar.