Is Liverpool losing to Burnley a repeat of last year?
After such an amazing result against Arsenal last weekend we all expected another good result from Liverpool yesterday. Sadly this was not the case. I do wonder is Liverpool losing to Burnley a repeat of last year?
Liverpool saw first-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray give Burnley a massive shock win against a much changed Liverpool side.
Nathaniel Clyne uncharacteristically gave the ball away to Gray who found Vokes with ease.
Scoring his 1st Premier League goal from outside the area blasting it past Mignolet.
For Burnley’s 2nd Liverpool were equally as awful. Allowing Steven Defour to collect the ball inside his own half, moving forward and slotting a pass for Gray to cut in to his left and score.
What did the newspapers say?
What a difference a week makes. Liverpool fans were on a high last weekend when Jurgen Klopp’s Reds put four past Arsenal on the opening day. Today they travelled to Turf Moor full of optimism – only to be beaten 2-0. Liverpool dominated possession and managed 23 more shots than the home side, but first half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray were enough to condemn Klopp’s Reds to defeat. (extract from article..)
The Guardian went with: “Burnley and Sam Vokes catch Liverpool cold as Klopp’s men fire blanks”
This was a fine way for Burnley to collect their first points of the season and a demoralising way for Liverpool to go down. Sean Dyche’s men were simply hungrier than the visiting team who lacked the requisite quality in front of goal. Burnley’s manager offered a telling criticism of his opponents. “At times Liverpool had six men in midfield,” he said. “I think if I put six in midfield we’d probably keep the ball a long time.” (extract from article)
What did Klopp say about the game?
“It was a difficult game for us but, the decision making we passed the ball lost the ball on the wrong moments. In open moments, that led to counter attack around the first goal and the second goal,” said Klopp after the game.
“We lost a little bit of timing, patience all this stuff. It was not the best timing in offensive situations, really not good. One, two little counter-attacks of Burnley that’s it, now we lost in a game that we had about 80% possession.”
“I felt at half-time we still had the chance to win the game, but, what can I say? In the last moment we were not where we should have been, in the box around the box. Our timing and decision making today was not very good.”
“I respect this but usually in a game like this, we win, if we don’t make mistakes in the wrong moment. But we did. Now we have to accept the result and carry on.”
Burnley, a repeat of last year?
Liverpool didn’t look the same as they did against Arsenal, no urgency, no pressing from the front. Some say it was down to the change in formation to 4-2-3-1, but i’m convinced that Burnley’s tactics were adjusted to counter Liverpool. They just sat back and left Liverpool have attempts at goal. In fact 26…!!
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For me, as strange as it sounds, this game would be more of a test for Liverpool than the game against Arsenal. I didn’t expect such a positive result against them last weekend. It’s because Liverpool play their best when it’s high tempo, Arsenal provided that. If an opponent doesn’t allow this then we do tend to struggle. Often last season we’d destroy a class side, playing them off the park then a few days later lose to a ‘lesser’ team. The test would be to have seen if during preseason an alternative was found. At this moment in time i’d say it hasn’t.
Now i’m sure that the result will bring along the usual comments of ‘we need a new left back..’ or ‘surely a defensive midfielder needs to be bought..’
We have a couple of weeks left till the transfer window closes. Klopp has said it’s his squad now. We wait and see….we wait and see.