On Thursday, Liverpool’s 68-game, nearly four-year unbeaten streak at Anfield was broken as Burnley stunned the Reds 1-0 at home.
In the title race, Jurgen Klopp’s side took a step backward when they were beaten at home by Sean Dyche’s side 24 hours after Manchester City and Manchester United took turns winning to top the Premier League.
With seven minutes to play, Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the game, converting a penalty that he won after colliding with goalkeeper Alisson.
Since April 23, 2017, when their former striker Christian Benteke got both goals in a 2-1 Crystal Palace victory, it was Liverpool’s first Premier League loss.
At the halfway stage of the season, the outcome leaves Liverpool six points behind leaders United at the top of the table. In the second place, City are four points ahead, but they still have a game in hand.
With his squad selection at kick-off, Klopp raised eyebrows, with Sadio Mane the only one of his regular front three to start in attack. Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain began, and Captain Jordan Henderson was absent due to injury.
Liverpool have now played 12 games without Henderson in the league since the start of last season, losing four. They only lost two of the 45 games he appeared in.
Origi had the best Liverpool chance to win the game. Put clean through on goal, with a twirling effort, he looked to pick out the top-right corner but saw his shot cannon back from the bar and away, with Mane free for a simple finish to his left.