EPL: Without Mane, Liverpool struggle to 1-1 vs Burnley

Nick Pope will start in goal for Sean Dyche's Burnley side on Saturday at Anfield

But they were now caught up in Liverpool's chaos: a relentless drive forward with the bombardment coming from all directions and personnel. Liverpool's vulnerabilities at the back nearly exposed as Mee rises highest to meet a corner delivery, but sees his header cleared off the line by Alexander-Arnold! After seeing Salah denied a penalty from a hefty Ben Mee challenge, he played on and crossed for substitute Dominic Solanke, who hit the crossbar while attempting to open his Liverpool account.

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Alexander-Arnold 7, Matip 6, Klavan 6, Robertson 5, Can 7, Milner 6, Salah 7, Coutinho 7, Firmino 6, Sturridge 6.

An unsighted Pope made an excellent save from teenage full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to cap a memorable afternoon for the young keeper.

And with 10 minutes to go, the Clarets twice nearly grabbed a dramatic victor as they suddenly looked the ones full of running. Burnley fired a ball into the box and Klavan and Matip both went for the same header.

Scott Arfield gave Burnley the lead against the run of play but Liverpool levelled just three minutes later through Mohamed Salah.

After short treatment he was cleared to continue.

A late sending off and defensive errors again proved costly for Liverpool who let their lead slip against the Spanish side after dominating large portions of the match.

But, despite peppering the Burnley goal, they couldn't find a way past Nick Pope.

"We didn't win all of them and we lost one really high, but everyone who was there [saw it was a] unusual game - it was not that we performed from the first second like you would imagine when somebody loses 5-0".

In the second half Coutinho came out of his shell and fired round the post, over the bar - you name it.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp reacts during the game against Manchester City. Klopp smiled ruefully on the sidelines - he mustn't have been able to believe his bad luck.

Last meeting: Liverpool 2-1 BurnleyThe last meeting between the two sides was back in March when Liverpool secured a 2-1 victory at Anfield after going 1-0 down.

It's not been a great week for the reds but they have to pick themselves up.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt his side's direct approach had paid dividends, with the Clarets adding another impressive away result to their collection this season after winning at Chelsea and drawing at Tottenham Hotspur.



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