Liverpool Crashes at Burnley
After an impressive display against Arsenal's Gunners, Liverpool might have been guilty of insufficient homework this past week.
The Clarets coasted to a 2-0 result, considered to be an upset by everyone but themselves.
This came after a frustrating summer of roster-building futility. But Burnley is a proud club whose roots go all the way back to the Football League's founding in 1888. They prize top-tier membership as much for their tradition as for the riches that come with it.
So, perhaps this match was well settled on paper, but Premiership underdogs always have something extra to offer. Be it conceding too many goals or putting an offset, they never disappoint.
Liverpool’s sloppiness showed early, as the Clarets' Sam Vokes found twine a mere two minutes after kickoff:
Loose defending combined with a quality finish may have been expected but with the roles reversed.
More misery was in store for the 'Pool when Andre Gray shredded their backs again in the 37th minute:
And that was essentially that.
Who knows? The three points at stake may ultimately serve as a lifeline for Burnley if pre-season predictions hold true.
For Liverpool, letting them slip away may be the difference between an international invitation and an early vacation.