Jurgen Klopp took full responsibility for Liverpool’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Anfield against Burnley.
Burnley were difficult to break down in the first half. Liverpool’s woes in front of goal continued as they struggled to create any clear chances against Sean Dyche’s side.
The hosts were gifted a chance to open the scoring just before half time. Bee Mee’s misplaced backpass fell right to Divock Origi who advanced on goal. His effort beat Nick Pope but it ricocheted away off the bar.
There were handbags as Mike Dean blew the half time whistle. Fabinho clashed with Ashley Barnes which resulted in the Liverpool man being booked. Klopp and Dyche also exchanged words in the tunnel.
Burnley continued to frustrate the hosts in the second half. The Reds recorded 27 shots on target over the course of the 90 minutes. But only six of these were on target.
Liverpool looked to be running out of ideas as the visitors were handed a chance to take all three points. Barnes broke free of Fabinho in the area before being brought down by Alisson to earn his side a penalty.
The forward took the spot-kick himself and he calmly found the bottom corner to put Burnley on the brink of all three points.
Klopp’s men gave it a go but they could not find an opening as the Clarets picked up the victory. This result is Liverpool’s first defeat at Anfield in 68 games.
The Premier League champions are now winless in five league games. With this result, they remain fourth and they are six points behind Man United at the top.
Speaking post-match with Match of the Day, Klopp said Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley is “not easy to explain”:
“Everything, all the English words, massive, massive punch in the face or whatever, it’s my responsibility, that’s the easy explanation. We had the ball a lot, created some and didn’t finish the situations off. That keeps the game open and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.
“It’s wrong decisions in the moment, three crosses in the box, we tried to find a player, didn’t, it’s my job to make sure the boys are in the right position, that they feel right.
“It’s a tough one, not easy to explain, These boys are not the kind of person after a 7-0 to think we’ll go like this, they worked tonight hard and it didn’t happen, if something doesn’t work you have to try harder, more often, longer. It was not easy to lose that game and we did it.
“It’s not about blaming, we have to sort it together and we will. In football, you don’t have a lot of time. We tried a lot, in some moments the right things and some not. That’s the problem. You have to break the wall down by trying, in the right mood. We had chances.
“We can’t imagine the title race at the moment.”