Liverpool held by stubborn Burnley

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Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating start to the season continued as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, despite Mohamed Salah’s fifth goal of the season, AFP reports.

The German made seven changes, including a first start of the campaign for Philippe Coutinho, to the side that was held at home 2-2 by Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, but yet another defensive error cost Liverpool dearly against a Burnley team that has not won at Anfield in 43 years.

Two goals in three minutes were the highlight of a first half in which Liverpool dominated possession, yet were required to come back from a goal down after Scott Arfield opened the scoring on 26 minutes.

It again highlighted the weakness of a Liverpool defence that has been under the microscope over the opening weeks of the season. Klopp’s furious response  spoke volumes about his own view of proceedings.

Robbie Brady won an aerial challenge with Trent Alexander-Arnold, heading into the area where centre-halves Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip were drawn into a challenge on Chris Wood.

A faint touch off Klavan moved the ball on and the unmarked Arfield drove the ball home from 12 yards for his first goal since last October.

That strike stunned the home crowd into silence as Burnley threatened to spoil Liverpool’s celebrations on the 125th anniversary of their first-ever match.

Fortunately for the home supporters, they only had to wait three minutes to draw level with the most simple of goals as an Emre Can pass, from well inside his own half, dropped invitingly for Salah.

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