Burnley ended Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield by posting a 1-0 win in an English Premier League match on Thursday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted the end of Liverpool’s unbeaten run was a “massive punch in the face” as the Premier League champions crashed to a shock defeat
Klopp’s side were beaten in a home league game for the first time since Crystal Palace won at Anfield in April 2017.
Ashley Barnes clinched Burnley’s first win at Liverpool since 1974 when he converted an 83rd-minute penalty after being fouled by Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
“It’s a massive, massive punch in the face,” Klopp said. “We had the ball a lot, created some and didn’t finish the situations off.
Spluttering Liverpool have slipped to fourth place after a second defeat in their last three league games and trail leaders Manchester United by six points.
They have gone five league games without a win and it is seven hours and 18 minutes since they last found the net in the league.
The Reds have gone four league games without scoring for the first time since May 2000, failing with 87 shots since Sadio Mane’s 12th-minute strike against West Brom.
Liverpool’s goal drought prompted Klopp to leave Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench for an hour, but even the eventual introduction of the two star forwards couldn’t spark a strong finish.
Liverpool would drop out of the Champions League qualification places if Tottenham at least draw their game in hand or if Everton win one of their two extra matches.
After winning their first English title for 30 years last season, Liverpool are in danger of surrendering the crown unless they improve soon.