Being unbeaten for a very long stretch of games is not in my beloved Manchester United’s DNA. That’s out of the way so anti-Man United people can chew on that, lol.
Liverpool were looking to turn their Anfield home ground to some sort of fortress. They started an unbeaten run in April, 2017 and it was looking like they would also go through the 2020/21 season unbeaten at home when the season was in the early stages. An injury to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez dimmed their chances of pulling it off and having lost 2 games on away ground it was looking like they were going to lose at home sooner rather than later. Fabinho a midfielder was drafted to play center back with Joel Matip due to the injuries picked up by Van Dijk and Gomez.
Injury to Joel Matip meant they would have to call on Captain Jordan Henderson who is also a midfielder to partner Fabinho. It paid off in one game, the fire power possessed by Manchester United could not breach that pairing in defence let alone secure a win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool have also been in bad form, being unable to score in 3 straight league games and no win in those games prior to yesterday’s night game against Burnley.
Burnley visited Anfield to face Liverpool in a game which Liverpool needed to win to boost confidence amongst the players or at least draw to preserve their unbeaten run at home. Burnley however had other plans as they were looking to further get away from a possibility of dropping into the relegation zone.
Scores was 0:0 as at the 82nd minute then Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker was adjudged to have fouled Ashley Barnes in the Liverpool penalty area. A penalty was awarded and Ashley Barnes who had been searching for his 100th career goal for a few games made no mistake in putting the ball at the back of the net. 1:0, Burnley.
There were no other goals scored in the tie as Burnley pegged Liverpool’s unbeaten home run at 68 games. Liverpool finally lost a game at home in close to 4 years. Chelsea remains the team to have gone the most games undefeated at home. They went 86 games unbeaten in the league between February 2004 and October 2008 on their home ground of Stamford Bridge. Liverpool ended Chelsea’s run then.
I sincerely was praying that it would be Man United that would end Liverpool’s unbeaten home run but hey alas it is over. It could be a good thing for Liverpool, a bit of pressure might have been lifted off their neck and they could start getting good results again.
Tomorrow guys. BLESS!!!