SO that completes a week in which Liverpool got battered away from home by a close rival and twice walked away from Anfield disappointed after dominating teams they are definitely better than with only a point each to show for it.
The Reds may have got what they deserved today after yet another defensive lapse that saw Burnley take the lead, but they did little to help themselves on the offensive end once again. Not clinical enough when presented with good chances — see also Sevilla — and too often taking long shots more in hope than expectation — see also Burnley away last season.
Anyway, here are the ratings…
Simon Mignolet: 7
Copped for a load of stick from those inside the ground but did little wrong in the grand scheme of things. Had some shaky moments but there was usually another culprit at the scene of the crime in those instances.
Biggest plus was how well he commanded his area in the presence of Burnley’s grocks. It’s something he hasn’t done often enough throughout his Liverpool career.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 5
Full of endeavour as always but his youthful exuberance showed too much at times today. His crossing was off for most of the game, and it told late on when the Anfield crowd were at their most impatient.
Hard to say whether it’s the sort of thing he can keep playing through or whether Jürgen Klopp should be looking to protect him given his age.
Joel Matip: 4
For somebody of such a large stature he gets bullied all too easily and today was no different. Tasked with defending against super grock Chris Wood he was shown up time and time again.
Like Sevilla his only real positive influence on the game was the way he carried the ball out of defence.
Ragnar Klavan: 4
There were fears, as per usual, when his name appeared on the teamsheet at 2pm and the Estonian did little to allay those.
He seemed to lose the majority of his aerial duels and looked very shaky when Burnley pressed. In the end he resorted to getting it cleared up field at every opportunity which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on which way you look at it.
Andy Robertson: 6
Another solid enough showing for the young Scot, his delivery should have caused Burnley problems but for a lack of options willing to attack the ball in their box.
Had a frustrating period in the game where he took on a shot from outside the area, which at no point looked like causing a threat, and not so long after dragging a cross/shot across Nick Pope’s goalmouth.
Emre Can: 5
One of Liverpool’s most frustrating players to watch when he’s not at it but up there with their best when he is. Today he was definitely the former.
Always seemed to want one touch too many, slowing play down and allowing Burnley to either close or get set. Shots at the end showed confidence bordering arrogance when he should have been more patient. Is always the one who looks the most arsed if that means anything.
James Milner: 6
Didn’t do too much wrong, always an option on the edge of the box and made some good runs within it.
Probably should have been hooked for somebody with pace as The Reds looked increasingly out of ideas though.
Philippe Coutinho: 5
Similar to last season he’ll be best remembered in this game for cutting in and blazing shots wildly in every direction but the Burnley goal.
Showed some good footwork but needs to do more to set up others when the opposition are so compact and resolute.
Mohamed Salah: 8
Liverpool’s only real outlet and looking more and more like the signing of the summer. Dug deep at times and wasn’t afraid to battle with Sean Dyche’s warriors which is perhaps something you wouldn’t have thought he had in his locker.
Seemed to be the only one who could keep a cool head around their box and that showed with the way he took his goal.
Daniel Sturridge: 6
Cut a frustrated figure today and makes you think he’s almost certainly not suited to this type of battle.
Where he did show glimpses of his touch and movement he usually cannoned his shot off a Burnley defender.
Roberto Firmino: 6
Tried to get the interchanging going with his mate Phil but they seemed slightly out of sync today.
Still showed his intelligence and good movement on occasion but it wasn’t enough unfortunately.
Dominic Solanke: 7
A real bright spark when he came on which begs the question why he wasn’t given more time once the starting 11 had used up all their ideas of how to break Burnley down.
Unlucky not to have a goal to his name.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6
Feel sorry for Chambo who has been brought on three times in one week late on in games where The Reds are either struggling or chasing in some capacity. That can’t be easy.
Again could have done with an extra 15 minutes.