By Burnley FC
March 12 2017
Liverpool 2 Burnley 1 Burnley scratched a 42-year itch but could not end another long wait as Liverpool came from behind to extend their unbeaten home run against the Clarets.
Ashley Barnes scored in front of the Kop to give Burnley an early lead and a first goal at Anfield in nine attempts stretching back to 1975.
A first win at Anfield since a year earlier and a first double over the Reds since 1930 was then a real possibility as Sean Dyche's side again went blow-for-blow with one of the Premier League heavyweights.
But an equaliser from Giorginio Wijnaldum with the last kick of the first half got Liverpool off the ropes and proved the turning point.
That was the Reds' first shot on target and they were to manage only one more before the 90th-minute as the Clarets belied the status of one of only two top-flight sides not to have won away this season.
But that second-half effort - superbly dispatched from long range with an hour gone by Emre Can - was enough to give Liverpool victory and maintain the fixture's status quo.
The Clarets could not have made a better start as they looked to defy the odds and enjoy a first Anfield success since Ian Brennan's goal brought home the points in 1974.
Dyche's men took the game to a Liverpool side which had beaten Tottenham and Arsenal in their last two home games to reclaim a top-four place.
George Boyd flashed a half-volley wide and Barnes just failed to reach a dangerous cross from Andre Gray, whose running in behind the Reds' back four caused them a host of problems.
And the goal Burnley had waited since 1975 to score on this ground came with seven minutes gone as the Clarets took a deserved lead.
The build-up was top-notch as the visitors worked an opening clinically created by Matt Lowton's sublime through-ball which Barnes met perfectly on the stretch with the outside of his right boot to steer home his fifth goal of the season.
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