6 talking points as Burnley end Liverpool’s 100 per cent home record

Jay Rodriguez ended Liverpool's 100 per cent record at Anfield this season to earn Burnley a point at the champions.

The Reds, who were confirmed as Premier League winners last month, hadn't dropped points at home since January 2019.

Former Southampton forward Rodriguez brilliantly swivelled in the penalty area in the second half to smash past Alisson.

His effort cancelled out Andy Robertson's first half header, following a lovely cross from Fabinho.

The Clarets could have won it late on, but Johann Gudmundsson's thumping volley rebounded off the crossbar.

Here are 5 talking points from Anfield…

1. Robbo becomes Shearer

Andy Robertson is unlikely to have been on many people's betting slips as first goal scorer.

But the Scottish full-back found himself on the scoresheet for just the second time this season, and for the first time since kicking off a late comeback against Aston Villa in early November.

Even less likely was the manner of his goal – a fine Alan Shearer-esque bullet header.

With Williams suggesting he will be earning much more game time next season, Robertson might consider doing slightly more to stand out.

It is a strange situation for the former Hull man that he can be the best left-back in the league for two years but still need to keep an eye over his shoulder.

But that is the beauty of what Jurgen Klopp is continuing to build at Anfield.

2. Christmas presents

Jurgen Klopp insisted he would not be handing out Premier League appearances like 'Christmas presents' after confirming their early title.

So Curtis Jones and Neco Williams will know for sure that they deserved their places in the starting XI.

Full-back Williams got his second nod from the beginning in a row and once again showed his potential as Trent Alexander-Arnold mark II.

As early as the 15th minute he had proven that he had watched Alexander-Arnold closely, or more likely been coached impeccably, as he produced a delightful switch of play.

Jones should have scored in the first half with two good chances – but scuffed his first effort and had his second blocked.

Both accounted for themselves very well, although it was probably just a coincidence that Liverpool conceded immediately after they came off.

3. Golden Gloves

There is a decent battle starting to heat up between Alisson, Nick Pope and Manchester City's Ederson.

The keepers are fighting it out for the Golden Glove award, handed out for the most clean sheets in the Premier League.

Pope had come into the match leading the group with 14 shut outs, with the Brazilians on 13 – and Dean Henderson and Kasper Schmeichel still in the hunt a further clean sheet back.

Pope was always going to be in for a tricky afternoon to maintain his place at the summit.

The England keeper did brilliantly to deny Salah as he was falling backwards, but couldn't do a lot to stop Robertson's powerful header.

Despite conceding he was rightfully named as the TV man of the match.

However, Alisson couldn't close the gap as the Reds switched off momentarily to allow Jay Rodriguez to thump in.

Over to you Ederson on Saturday evening…

4. Golden Boot

At the other end of the pitch Liverpool have a player in the race for the Golden Boot.

Only Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have won the gong for three consecutive seasons, Salah isn't far off matching the bone fide all-time Premier League legends.

The Egyptian will need to get a shift on though in the last three matches with three goals to make up on current top marksman Jamie Vardy.

Here, he could have closed the gap up but for some wall-like stopping from Pope in the first half, although he was toothless after the break.

"Let's take it game by game," he said with a grin after the win over Brighton.

5. Fortress Anfield no more

Liverpool have won the Premier League title, that is something that can never be taken away from them.

But there would have been an added positive of completing the season without dropping points at home.

Not since Leicester claiming a point in January 2019 had the Reds failed to win at HQ in the league.

That feels even longer ago when you note that Harry Maguire scored the Foxes goal in a 1-1 draw.

6. Firmino's Anfield woes

In the '5 talking points…' from Liverpool's victory over Aston Villa I was fairly harsh on Divock Origi, and called for the Reds to signed a more prolific replacement.

So it is only fair we shine the spot light onto Roberto Firmino this week.

It is well documented that Firmino isn't the type of striker who is going to score a hatful of goals, he offers so much more than that in his build-up play.

But it is hard to overlook that a first choice central striker hasn't netted a home league goal in 16 months – especially oddly that he

It isn't for the lacking of trying either, with the Brazilian attempting over 50 shots on Merseyside this season, and his almost desperation was palpable with a couple of his decision making in the second half.

Firmino's frustrations can equally be seen as a Liverpool positive.

Looking at the last couple of Premier League winners, you couldn't imagine them to happen without Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Jamie Vardy or Robi nvan Persie's goals.

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