This already strange Premier League season is starting turning into a bit of a Joker, as it simply keeps getting stranger. The latest bit of chaos is Burnley (Burnley!) beating Liverpool at Anfield last night, a place where the Clarets haven’t won since 1974, nearly half a century!
It was a most classic Mourinho-esque win from Sean Dyche’s side, spearheaded by the ever-annoying Ashley Barnes, who eventually won his mind games with Fabinho, won a penalty late on, and won the game by duly converting it as well. Three points to the visitors, climbing up to the heady heights of 16th place.
Meanwhile, Liverpool thus fall six (6!) points behind leaders Manchester
City United. The defending champions are now in fact closer to Chelsea in 8th (5 points), after a wretched run that makes even Chelsea’s recent results look good. The Reds have picked up three (3!) points via three draws from their last five league games, failing to score in four of them (while taking 89 shots).
But that’s not the most hilarious part. That honor goes to Liverpool’s much vaunted home unbeaten record in the league, which has now fallen as well, after nearly four years and 68 games.
And while that sounds impressive, they’re still almost an entire season’s worth of home games away from Chelsea’s all-time record, which remains at a scarcely believable 86 games — from February 2004 to October 2008, a streak ironically ended by Liverpool.
So at least we’ve got that bit of nostalgia going for us, which is nice.
1 - This was Liverpool’s first defeat in 69 Premier League games at Anfield (W55 D13) since losing 1-2 to Crystal Palace in April 2017. It was the second-longest unbeaten home run in English top-flight history, after Chelsea’s 86 games ending in October 2008. Smash. pic.twitter.com/aym7hcTcpF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2021