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Liverpool’s perfect home record ended by Burnley

Nick Pope during the draw with Liverpool on Matchday 35

Burnley ended newly crowned champions Liverpool’s hopes of completing the season with a 100% Premier League home record as Jay Rodriguez’s second-half equaliser meant both team shared the points.

It also meant that Liverpool were denied their 25th consecutive league win at Anfield – and it might have been the first defeat since April 2017 had Burnley’s substitute, Johann Berg, Gudmundsson found the net instead of striking the bar in the closing stages.

Clarets striker Rodriguez fired home from inside the box following a header by James Tarkowski to reward Sean Dyche’s side for their resilience and persistence against a totally dominant Liverpool side.

Andrew Robertson scored to put the home side in the lead in the first half, but they also spurned a number of good opportunities to score more, with Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones guilty of wayward shooting.

They also found Nick Pope in superb form, with the England goalkeeper producing a string of good saves to deny Salah and others.

Liverpool’s boss, Jurgen Klopp, says: “There was always one guy who wanted to deny us and it was Nick Pope. The game left the result open for Burnley. There were corners where Ali (Alisson) was under pressure from those around him and they were always a threat from set-pieces.

The draw means Liverpool can now no longer beat the Premier League record for home wins in a season; they need to beat Chelsea in their last game at Anfield to equal the league-high of 18.

They remain in decent shape to achieve a highest-ever Premier League points haul though and with three games left and seven points short of the record of 100 set by Manchester City in 2017-18, they have no room for error.

Burnley are now five games unbeaten since they returned from the Premier League’s three-month shutdown by losing 5-0 at Manchester City.

A draw leaves them ninth and still firmly in the mix for a place in next season’s Europa League.

Stats and facts from the match

  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had as many shots as the whole Burnley team in this match (six) and twice as many on target (four), but failed to score.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are now unbeaten in 58 Premier League home games – however, this draw ended their top-flight record run of 24 consecutive victories at Anfield.
  • Burnley have lost just one of their past 13 Premier League games (W7 D5), and are unbeaten in their past five. Only Manchester United (10) are on a longer current unbeaten run.
  • Liverpool had 23 shots in this match, their most in a Premier League game they failed to win since December 2017 (23 against Everton).
  • Andrew Robertson’s goal was his first in the Premier League for Liverpool at Anfield in 790 days, since netting against Brighton on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since April 2018. Indeed, Rodriguez has been involved in a goal in each of his past four Premier League games (three goals, one assist).
  • Fabinho has been involved in three goals in his last five Premier League games for Liverpool (one goal, two assists), more than he had been in his previous 39 games in the competition (one goal, one assist).