Liverpool mourn in the bitter taste of defeat, courtesy of A DETERMINED Burnley
Retaining the coveted Premier League title for Liverpool now is much akin to asking a Lion to only feast on grass.
With the latest 1-nil defeat at the hands of Burnley at Anfield last night, I would consider The Reds lucky to even make it to the top four by the time this season ends. Manchester United looks firm at the top followed by Manchester City and Leicester, who are soaring at the right time.
So for any Kopite it might seem like a distant dream for The Merseyside Club to garner any ambitions of dethroning them as the top 3. In fact, Tottenham at number 5 currently one below The Reds, on present form, look good to depose Liverpool in their next game.
Having said this, lets draw our attention back to the game last night where Liverpool managed to set a new record albeit southward. Thanks to the Clarets, this was the first defeat for The Reds in 69 Premier League games at Anfield, with the last loss coming at the hands of Crystal Palace way back in April 2017, exactly 1,369 days ago.
So, lets dig further into another catastrophic performance which if I may add, we are slowly becoming accustomed to with The Reds, thanks to their form in the last few games.
Liverpool create the first play
Jurgen Klopp started this game benching Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, replacing them with Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in the hope of changing fortunes.
The hope almost paid dividend in the 21st minute albeit not with the new replacements but Shaqiri, when he fired a shot which missed the target barely by inches getting the Burnley keeper, Nick Pope to dive to his right in the need to make the save.
Just a minute later, one of the new replacements, Chamberlain hit a shot straight at Pope who seemed quite comfortable in blocking the attempt. Oirigi, the other replacement, had his chance to put Liverpool in front in the 29th minute after he got the Burnley keeper to dive and gather the ball in a shot not hit with all his might.
The Belgian squandered his second chance in the 44th minute when the Burnely skipper got his back pass to the keeper wrong, leaving Origi with a clear shot at goal who albeit unfortunately hit the cross bar.
The first half was a tale of chances aplenty for Liverpool with no results and Fabinio getting yellow carded at the stroke further rubbed salt to their wounds as a result of barging into his opponent, Ashley Barnes.
Liverpool continue to create chances in the second half but Burnley had the last laugh
The Reds continued to create more chances through Trent Alexander Arnold and substitute Mo Salah in the second half though the operative word goal was missing.
Against the run of play, Burnley’s moment of reckoning came in the 82nd minute, when their striker Barnes was caught by the Liverpool keeper Alisson in his attempt to push the ball away.
The result was a penalty and Barnes made no mistake when he calmly picked the bottom right corner.
Merseyside was in shock and Burnley was ecstatic.
Polar opposite emotions as the Clarets had beaten Liverpool, when the referee blew the final whistle
Title ambitions, now a distant dream?
Jurgen Klopp after the debacle said “We can’t imagine the title race at the moment. Burnley defeat is a massive punch in the face for Liverpool”
When the coach has realistically surrendered any ambitions of retaining the title, what can I or any Kopite say?
Truth be told, The Reds would be lucky to harbour hopes of finishing in the top 4 with the slump they are in at the moment.
‘Goal’ the word for Liverpool currently seems what their forefathers would have used in their prime.
As I end this piece, the die-hard Liverpool fan in me would still urge every Reds’ player to find a way to conquer adversity, because in this conquest ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’