Man UTD vs Arsenal

Man UTD vs Arsenal : Arsenal take their impressive unbeaten run to Old Trafford tonight, fresh off the back of their north London derby victory over Tottenham .

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Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in 19 games across all competitions and take on a Man Utd side which continue to stutter.

Jose Mourinho’s side clawed back from two-goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 on Saturday night, and while they hold the upper hand in terms or head-to-head meetings with Arsenal, the Gunners will be feeling confident ahead of this one.

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It was a measure of the disparity between two formerly fierce rivals that by the end, Sir Alex Ferguson had almost nothing but sympathy for Arsene Wenger.
Whereas Manchester United and Arsenal once contested a duopoly at the top of the Premier League in a rivalry that came to define the period either side of the Millennium, it got to a point where Ferguson saw his team put eight past the Gunners and then proceeded to defend his counterpart from accusations his best days were behind him.
United may have floundered in the five years since Ferguson departed, but their superiority over Arsenal has largely remained intact, at least in the Premier League at Old Trafford, where the Gunners have not won since 2006. It is, perhaps, the venue which raised more questions about the team’s mental strength than any other.
Invariably, no matter the recent form of the two teams or the line-ups, the Gunners would underperform. The 8-2 thrashing of 2011 almost resembled an open wound that reinforced feelings of self-doubt.
Jose Mourinho managed to see off Wenger last season with a stoppage-time winner, but his stock has since fallen at such an alarming rate that he is the manager under most pressure this evening.
It would speak volumes for the current value of both managers were Unai Emery to end a 12-year wait for victory at United and overcome this mental block.
Equally, it would be another sign of United’s inexorable decline under Mourinho, whose self-aggrandising style has never sat comfortably with a club who see themselves as the best in the world.
United have not come close to living up to that moniker since the days of Ferguson, instead aiming to show it off the field with lavish, scattergun spending in a desperate attempt to stay relevant.
There was no greater example than the £500,000-a-week offer to Alexis Sanchez in January, the same month in which Arsenal retained Mesut Ozil on £350,000 a week.
Two massive contracts which have subsequently caused big problems. The contrasting ways in which Mourinho and Emery have handled this issue highlights their styles.
Sanchez will miss Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury that it is believed will sideline him until the January transfer window. How convenient. United insist the injury is legitimate, but the timing only fuels rumours over Sanchez’s commitment and attitude. That speculation comes as no surprise to those who worked closely with him at London Colney.
Wenger abhorred confrontation and allowed Sanchez to get away with plenty. Mourinho actively seeks it out and so Sanchez has found himself a bit-part player, unable to make the discernible impact his salary screams is necessary.
Ozil is also a peripheral figure, officially ruled out with back spasms. The 30-year-old is considered more of an introvert than a troublemaker and so the issue for Emery is the legacy of being handed down a player on a wage disproportionate to any other at the club.
As with Sanchez, the club’s financial commitment demands a football one, but Emery left Ozil out against Bournemouth and delivered the finest Arsenal performance of his young tenure last weekend in seeing off Tottenham, revealing his current indifference towards the German extended to not knowing whether Ozil was even at Emirates Stadium to witness it.
In three months, Emery has imposed a fresh style of play which, even in its early stages, has yielded a 19-game unbeaten run. United are still suffering an identity crisis under Mourinho after more than two years.
He is still capable of digging out results — last season’s corresponding fixture ended with what has become a trademark play: bring on Marouane Fellaini and get balls into the box. But getting results is all Mourinho has. Once they dry up, there is little — if anything — to recommend him, especially in his current joyless, hostile state.
United usually beat Arsenal at home. On Wednesday, if they don’t, Emery will be the one called upon to show compassion.

Tottenham vs Southampton

Tottenham vs Southampton : Harry Kane grabbed another hat-trick and broke the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year as Tottenham thrashed Southampton at Wembley.

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The Spurs and England striker headed home his 37th league goal of 2017 on 22 minutes to surpass Alan Shearer’s landmark, which was set during his time at Blackburn in 1995.

Kane then added two more either side of half-time to bring his total for the year – for both club and country – to 56, two more than Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi.

Before Kane’s third, Dele Alli had made it 3-0 on 49 minutes when he drilled in from outside the area, before setting up Son Heung-min two minutes later, who powered a confident finish past Fraser Forster.

Southampton, without top scorer Charlie Austin, got off the mark when Sofiane Boufal struck low under Hugo Lloris, and Dusan Tadic added a second with a lofted effort.

Despite a second-half recovery, Saints never looked like spoiling the Spurs party and have now gone a month without a win in the Premier League.

Spurs, meanwhile, stay fifth after Liverpool beat Swansea 5-0 in Tuesday’s late kick-off.

It was an impressive display from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but the game will always be remembered for Kane’s record-breaking day, as he cemented his status as one of the top flight’s most prolific strikers.

Speaking about his 22-year record being taken, Shearer tweeted: “You’ve had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane. You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work.”

Kane reached his goal-scoring record in 36 games – six fewer than Shearer in 1995

The 24-year-old has scored more league goals this season than Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Huddersfield

He is the first player in Premier League history to score six hat-tricks in a single calendar year

Kane has scored eight Premier League hat-tricks, as many as Thierry Henry and Michael Owen – only Alan Shearer (11) and Robbie Fowler (9) have more in the competition.

Kane has scored 56 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham and England in 2017. He is Europe’s top scorer over the past 12 months in the five major countries (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France)

The Spurs striker has now scored 96 Premier League goals for the club – one off Teddy Sheringham’s record

Top 10 – Premier League goals in a calendar year
Player Goals Games played
Harry Kane (2017) 39 36
Alan Shearer (1995) 36 42
Robin van Persie (2011) 35 36
Thierry Henry (2004) 34 39
Les Ferdinand (1995) 30 34
Alan Shearer (1994) 30 37
Luis Suarez (2013) 30 41
Sergio Aguero (2016) 29 28
Alan Shearer (2002) 27 31
Harry Kane (2015) 27 38

More trouble ahead for Saints

Southampton had drawn three and lost three of their past six games and arrived at Wembley without two key players in Austin, who is injured and suspended, and Virgil van Dijk, who was left out of the squad again amid reports of a January exit.

They looked overwhelmed at times and contributed to Tottenham’s dominance.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Danny Rose on the edge of the area and gave away the Christian Eriksen free-kick which led to Kane’s opener.

And Nathan Redmond’s mistake in the Spurs half gifted the hosts possession and their counter-attack finished with Son’s strike for 4-0.

Southampton, three points above the relegation zone in 13th, were able to recover some pride as they twice beat a stuttering Lloris, but it was too little, too late.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side face more tough tasks ahead, with an away trip to Manchester United up next.

“We were a little bit unlucky because in the second half we were close to going 1-2 but once we conceded the third one the game was gone,” said Pellegrino.

“I want to see a team with character fighting and playing for the ball. Sometimes you do well, sometimes you do not but the minimum is to show this from the beginning. The wrong thing is we waited until the Tottenham goal to react.”

On Van Dijk’s omission, the Southampton boss added: “We know that around Virgil there will be a lot of speculation. You will have to wait until January, I pick the best for my team right now. That is my decision.”

Pochettino’s new year’s resolution

Tottenham 5-2 Southampton: Mauricio Pochettino speaks of pride for Harry Kane

While Kane will quite rightly dominate the headlines, there were some other stand-out performances for the hosts.

Alli ended his two-month goal drought in the Premier League when he turned on Oriol Romeu and struck a sweet strike from distance, while Son was rewarded for his all-round display with a well-executed finish.

Spurs now have five wins from their past six matches in all competitions, and Pochettino wants their form to continue into 2018.

“We are ambitious but I am happy that we finished the year in a very good way,” said the Argentine.

“For next year? We must win – win every game. The mentality is so important for us.”

Man of the match – Harry Kane

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Burnley last weekend and was named man of the match. It’s the same again this time round

What next?

Southampton are back in action on Saturday, 30 December against Manchester United at Old Trafford (17:30 GMT), while Spurs return in 2018, when they travel to Swansea on Tuesday, 2 January (19:45)

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Manchester United : Arsenal ended Manchester United’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and kept up their hopes of securing a place in the top four. After a largely uneventful first half, Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a deflected shot from distance, which looped over goalkeeper David de Gea.

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And they doubled their lead three minutes later when Danny Welbeck headed home against his former club after a pinpoint cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Jose Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to try to rescue the game, but they failed to bring the visitors to life.

The result means Arsenal remain in sixth place but are two points off United in fifth and six points off Manchester City in fourth, with a game in hand over both teams.

This victory not only reignites Arsenal’s chase for a Champions League place, but also ends an unwanted record for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger against Jose Mourinho.

The pair have endured a fractious relationship over the years, and in their previous 15 competitive meetings Wenger had never beaten a Mourinho team, with his only victory coming in the Community Shield in 2015.

Mourinho has won eight times, while the remaining seven were drawn.

Sunday’s win ended the hoodoo and earned Arsenal only their 13th league win in 50 outings against the Red Devils.

There is still uncertainty about Wenger’s future at the club, despite them still being in with a chance of Champions League football for the 21st consecutive season, and an FA Cup final against Chelsea coming up this month.

When asked by BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce about whether he would be interviewing Wenger next season, the Frenchman joked: “You want me to work for the BBC?”

Three minutes, two goals

Both teams had four shots on target during the match but it was Arsenal who made them count.

After a dull start to the second half, the Emirates came alive when Xhaka ran into space and took a shot from 30 yards out which was helped on its way by Herrera and out-smarted De Gea.

The Gunners kept up the pace and exactly three minutes and 11 seconds later, Welbeck had notched his second Premier League goal of the season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s right-wing cross whistled over the box and Welbeck rose up between the United defence to land a bullet header.

Arsenal offered little in attack after the goals, but they did not need to.

All eyes on the Europa League?

Mourinho revealed before the match he intended to rest key players, with one eye on the Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, in which his team have a 1-0 advantage. The European competition could represent United’s best chance of reaching next season’s Champions League.

The United manager made eight changes in total and his side never looked like causing a major threat.

Goalkeeper De Gea kept them in the match at half-time, producing a low stop to deny Aaron Ramsey’s effort, before making a brilliant save from a rasping Oxlade-Chamberlain shot from distance.

United were undone by two quick goals early in the second half, and their only notable efforts after that came from Rooney and substitute Scott McTominay, who tried to poke home late on.

Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided for both goals, Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s liveliest player in the first half and made a series of key runs in his side’s victory

The end of the run for United

United’s unbeaten league run has come to an end at 25 games (W13 D12), with losses on either side coming in London.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided as many assists for Arsenal this season in the Premier League as in his previous five combined for the Gunners (seven).

This was the first time Oxlade-Chamberlain had assisted twice in the same Premier League game.

Danny Welbeck has scored in each of his last three appearances against Manchester United for Arsenal in all competitions.

Two English players combined for a Premier League goal for Arsenal for the first time since December 2014 (also Oxlade-Chamberlain for Welbeck, v West Ham).

Manchester United conceded more than once away from home in the Premier League for the first time since losing 4-0 to Chelsea in October.

Arsenal have won successive home Premier League games against the Red Devils for the first time since November 2001.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on a possible top-four finish: “We want to win our games. Some teams that are safe continue to fight. Let’s focus to win our games. Every win is important. We had a bad patch and seem to have recovered from it.”

On Welbeck’s goal: “That’s the kind of goal you want from Danny. He has all the abilities a striker needs. Hopefully, that will give him a boost.”

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: “We made eight changes. Of course, we knew we were not coming in our maximum power. That’s a decision. We want to try to win the Europa League – it’s more important than finishing fourth.

“The last trophy I won was three months ago. I didn’t care about that. Thursday is the match of the season. I hope Old Trafford feels the same, because we need Old Trafford.”

After the Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday, Manchester United return to league action at second-placed Tottenham on Sunday, 14 May (16:30 BST).

Arsenal, meanwhile, have a midweek Premier League trip to Southampton on Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton : Premier League leaders Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with victory over Wolves in an entertaining tie at Molineux. Wolves, just five points above the Championship relegation zone, took a positive approach in the first half as George Saville lashed an early strike against the post.

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Chelsea’s defence was repeatedly tested before the visitors finally upped the tempo, forcing Wolves back and allowing Pedro to dart in and head home unmarked at the back post.

Diego Costa sealed Chelsea’s place with his 16th goal of the season as he slid a low finish past Carl Ikeme.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on Sunday at 18:30 GMT on the BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

Chelsea, eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, were put under pressure by Burnley in their last outing – a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor – and although Wolves’ defence did not have the bite of the Clarets’, the hosts were quick to close down.

Blues boss Antonio Conte made seven changes to his side, breaking with the consistency that has been key to their success this season.

A lively start from Wolves rattled Chelsea in the first half, but as the Blues grew into the game the hosts left them too much space to exploit, never more so than for the opener, as Eden Hazard and Willian were afforded time to tee up the unmarked Pedro.

The second goal felt inevitable and it duly came as the hosts committed men forward, the ball breaking kindly to Costa in the area off a Wolves body and swiftly dispatched into the corner.

Wolves show change of pace

Wolves have won one of their last four FA Cup matches against Chelsea

Wolves have not reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since 2003, and had they been able to keep their intensity across 90 minutes against the Blues they may have ended that barren run.

But the final result was perhaps to be expected in a season marred by inconsistency.

Impressive wins away to Stoke and Liverpool to reach this stage of the cup have been in stark contrast to their league form.

Paul Lambert’s men are winless in the league in February – a run taking in defeats to fellow strugglers Wigan and Burton – and have now lost their last three matches in all competitions, all of which were on home soil and all without scoring a goal.

Nevertheless, this latest performance was a spirited one and much appreciated by Lambert and the Molineux crowd, who gave the players a warm ovation as they left the pitch.

‘Chelsea passed a test’ – Analysis

Ex-Wales striker John Hartson on BBC Match of the Day:

“Wolves started the game really brightly and caused a lot of problems in the first 25 minutes. Chelsea came into the game more in the second half. They have got a fantastic squad and in the end it was pretty comfortable.”

Former England winger Trevor Sinclair on MOTD:

“Antonio Conte has started something at Chelsea. There is a culture at the football club. Players on the periphery are still fit and when they play, they do a job. They may be favourites for the FA Cup too.”

Ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend on BBC Radio 5 live:

“It was a very good game and very competitive, the top third was the difference between the sides. Wolves had lots of half-chances but when Chelsea had theirs, they took them.

“Chelsea made lots of changes today, but their attitude was good, they have passed a test today.

“You do not question Diego Costa’s work-rate. He is running everywhere but he has the knack of being in the right place at the right time. The best striker in the Premier League at the moment.”

Man of the match – Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Pedro has now scored in the third, fourth and fifth rounds of this season’s FA Cup.

The Spanish forward has scored seven goals in his last 10 competitive appearances.

Diego Costa ended a four-game run without a goal (413 minutes).

Chelsea have now won 10 of their last 11 games in all competitions versus Wolves (L1), keeping eight clean sheets in the process.

Antonio Conte’s side have failed to score in just one of their last 12 away games in all competitions.

This was Chelsea’s 24th win of 2016-17 in all competitions, despite only playing 31 games overall (77% win ratio). They won just 20/53 in 2015-16 (38%).

This was Wolves’ fourth successive defeat in all competitions and they haven’t scored in any of the last three.

‘There is no easy games’

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “A very difficult game but we all knew this. It was important to suffer in the moments and then in the second half we deserved to win because we scored two goals.

“We had many chances but this is the FA Cup. The results this afternoon show there is no easy games.

“Don’t forget, I changed seven players. It is good to have a good answer from the players who are not playing a lot. We showed great commitment to fight, to win and to continue in this competition.

“I am pleased because we scored a good goal with the situation. I am pleased for Pedro, for the team and now we must continue in this way.”

Wolves manager Paul Lambert: “I could not ask for any more. The game plan was unbelievably performed and we were up against a world-class side.

“Not just class, world-class. They have won Champion Leagues, so many honours, but we gave it a good go.

“In big moments, we have to score. If George Saville’s shot goes in, we have something to hold on to. We played with intensity but needed breaks to go our way.

“Big players make things happen. They are most dangerous when we have the ball. They have so much pace on the counter attack. This was no disgrace, I thought we played great.”

What’s next?

Chelsea host Swansea City on Saturday, 25 February (15:00 GMT) in the Premier League while Wolves host local rivals Birmingham City on Friday, 24 February (19:45 GMT).

Fulham vs Leicester

Fulham vs Leicester : New Fulham manager, Claudio Ranieri, will face his old club Leicester City where he won the Premier League in 2015-16. After winning the Premier League, he was sacked nine months later after poor performances.

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However the Italian is now with Fulham who sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, but started his new chapter with a 3-2 win against Southampton, and his next match was against Chelsea which his side lost 2-0.

He is now focusing on the game against Leicester, looking for a desperate win that would push them out of the relegation zone.

As December is a busy month in the footballing world, Fulham will need to start picking up points if they want to remain in the Premier League. A win against Ranieri’s former side will lift the team spirit just before Christmas.

Realistically Fulham should be doing much better if you look at the players they have brought in. The West London club have splashed the cash after being promoted from the Championship, and they bought experienced players such as Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrović, and Sergio Rico.

These players must start performing at their best if they want to stay in the Premier League, and that could happen with Claudio Ranieri’s appointment.

It doesn’t get easier for Fulham as they face Leicester City who have done well under Claude Puel.

Leicester have done well this season as they sit 9th, but a win against poorly performing Fulham will see them jump to 6th.


Team news

Leicester could be without main man, Jamie Vardy, who has picked up a groin injury which may need surgery that could keep him on the sidelines for a while.

English centre back Harry Maguire has returned to full training, but will not feature against Fulham.

Fulham’s summer signing, Andre Schurrle, missed the last game against former club Chelsea due to a knock, but should return to the starting eleven. Floyd Ayite will be out due to a groin problem.

Newcastle vs Everton

Newcastle vs Everton : Wayne Rooney’s solitary close-range goal was enough for the Toffees to win their first Premier League away game since January, and extended the hosts’ winless streak to eight games.

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Newcastle’s miserable night was compounded deep into injury time when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for an ugly lunge on Idrissa Gueye.

Rafa Benitez’s struggling side hit the woodwork twice through Matt Ritchie and Mikel Merino before the break, but always had to be wary of the Merseysiders’ Gylfi Sigurdsson-inspired counter-attacks.

Former Magpies manager Allardyce’s new club now move level on points with ninth-placed Watford, but Benitez’s men are just a point off the bottom three as takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and a group led by businesswoman Amanda Staveley continue.

Everton had conceded 28 goals before Allardyce’s appointment in November, but have tightened up significantly since and a patched-up defence missing captain Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and £25m summer signing Michael Keane have now conceded just once in four games.

They had to weather a late flurry from the hosts who threatened through Christian Atsu and dominated possession in the closing stages but could not find a way past Jordan Pickford.

“Their determination and drive has given us the opportunity to win a game 1-0,” said Allardyce. “I’m a little baffled at how Everton conceded so many goals before I got here.

“We’re up to 22 points so we’re pushing our way into the top half and it all comes from a good solid defensive base.

“The Christmas party is postponed. They won’t be anything near enjoying themselves until after the cup on 5 January.”

He has postponed the Christmas party while demanding “magic” in return from his players, and so far Allardcye is getting everything he wants at Everton.

There was no sign of sulking from his team on Tyneside, which already seems fitter and more focused than under previous manager Ronald Koeman, despite having a day less to recover than the hosts from the exertions of Sunday’s Merseyside derby.

So far as magic goes, Sigurdsson and Rooney are certainly showing some burgeoning alchemy in their link-up play. The Iceland international had struggled for form in the first part of the season but has become increasingly influential since Allardyce’s arrival, while Rooney has scored five.

Newcastle must dread facing the former Manchester United striker. He has now been involved in 23 goals in his 23 Premier League appearances against them (15 goals, 8 assists) – more than versus any other opponent.

At the back Ashley Williams, struggling badly for form until Allardyce’s appointment, was in dominant mood, while defensive midfielder Gueye was full of endeavour.

Allardyce said he will “pay his players back” for postponing their festive celebrations if their Premier League upturn is intact by January.

At this rate, he’d better have deep pockets.

Benitez needs clarity on January

Newcastle can offer up some hard-luck stories from a night that saw them strike the woodwork twice, have more possession, crosses and shots than the visitors.

But hard-luck tales don’t equal points, and Benitez needs the January transfer window more than ever to add goals and steel to his squad.

He also needs certainty on the club’s future ownership. The Spaniard, not to mention the Magpies’ fans, will be praying Staveley’s takeover is completed while they still have a chance to do something about their growing relegation fears.

Benitez says he still doesn’t know his budget for next month. He needs clarity fast.

Newcastle have picked up just one point in their last eight Premier League games (W0 D1 L7).

Everton have collected 10 points in their last four Premier League games – one more than they managed in their previous 12 (9).

Everton ended a run of 16 Premier League away games without a win (D8 L8), claiming their first victory since winning 1-0 at Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace in January.

Newcastle United have lost four consecutive home league games at St James’ Park for the first time since April 2015 under John Carver.

Newcastle haven’t won any of their last 44 home Premier League games in which they’ve gone in behind at half-time since winning 3-2 against Reading in December 2006.

Only one Newcastle player has received more red cards in a single Premier League season than Jonjo Shelvey this season (2) – David Batty in 1997/98 (3)

What’s next?

Newcastle face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday (15:00 GMT) while Everton host Swansea City at Goodison Park on Monday (20:00 GMT).

Liverpool vs Burnley

Liverpool vs Burnley : First-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray gave Burnley a surprise win over Liverpool, who could not recover after some disastrous defending. Nathaniel Clyne gave the ball away for the Clarets’ first goal, with Gray finding Vokes to blast home.

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Steven Defour, on his Burnley debut, was allowed to charge forward and set up Gray to roll home the second.

Liverpool had 81% of possession and 26 shots – but only tested Clarets keeper Tom Heaton with efforts from distance.

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The 19% of possession that the Clarets had is the lowest total by a winning side in the Premier League since Opta began recording the statistic in the 2003-04 season.

Burnley only had one other effort at goal, which was off target, but the figures belied how little threat the Reds posed when they came forward.

Liverpool were a shadow of the attacking force they were in last week’s thrilling 4-3 win at Arsenal and their second away game of the season ended in their first defeat of the new campaign.

The game had been switched to Turf Moor because work on the new stand at Anfield is not complete and, after losing to Swansea in their opener, Burnley made home advantage count this time to pick up their first points since their promotion.

Gray, who was playing for Hinckley United in the Conference North as recently as 2012, scored his first Premier League goal against Liverpool

The manner of their victory at Emirates Stadium had given Liverpool plenty of reasons for early season optimism but, unfortunately for them, the only part of that performance they repeated came at the back.

Left-back Alberto Moreno paid the price for his defensive errors at the Emirates, being replaced by James Milner, but right-back Clyne produced an even worse error that led to Burnley’s opener.

Ragnar Klavan also should have done better when he failed to stop Defour’s run forward, leaving Liverpool’s defence wide open for Gray to make it 2-0.

Liverpool looked to Philippe Coutinho for inspiration to break down Burnley but nine of his 10 shots (left-hand graphic) were either off target (red arrows) or blocked (yellow). His passing (right-hand graphic) was also uncharacteristically poor – although he made more passes than any other Reds player in the Clarets’ half, his display was littered with mis-placed passes (red arrows) and his only key passes (yellow arrows) were sideways or backwards rather than into the box

The Reds had problems at the other end too. Philippe Coutinho starred as Liverpool’s forward play gave them victory last week – but he was a long way short of his best on this occasion.

Time and time again the Brazilian picked up the ball in space on the edge of the Burnley area looking to bend in one of his trademark spectacular goals but, of his 10 strikes from similar range, only one brought a save from Tom Heaton.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told Match of the Day: “Our decision making was not good. We’d put in a good cross but there were no bodies in the box and then when we had bodies in the box we ended up shooting.

“The season is still pretty young. It doesn’t look like we are 100% fine-tuned. But it’s only the start of the season and I can see a lot of good things.

“The lesson here is don’t give the ball away like we did twice today. We will work on it 100%. We need to have a plan for deep defending teams. We have a few things to do – that is clear.”

The heat map representing touches for Burnley (l) and Liverpool (r) helps to illustrate the Reds’ dominance in possession – they played 852 passes to Burnley’s 207 – but they could not turn that into meaningful chances, let alone goals

As poor as Liverpool were given their amount of possession, credit must also go to Burnley for the work-rate throughout their team as well as their organisation and resolve at the back.

The Clarets out-ran Liverpool by 115.3km to 113km – and that industry was key to them defending their lead and securing the points.

When Liverpool did put balls into the box, Michael Keane and Ben Mee dealt with everything that came their way, ensuring Heaton was rarely tested.

His best save came from Roberto Firmino in the second half but, typically, that came from a long-distance shot.

Burnley’s strikers also deserve praise, with Vokes and Gray both able to celebrate the first top-flight goals of their career.

They barely had a kick for much of the game, but kept running and kept stretching Liverpool’s defenders when Burnley were able to counter-attack.

We have never been bogged down by possession stats – Dyche

“I thought we made Liverpool look uncomfortable,” Burnley boss Sean Dyche told Match of the Day. “We think we can be a threat to teams.

“We have never been bogged down with all the stats about possession. There is something marvellous when you see someone give everything to the cause. That’s what I thought we did.”

Man of the match – George Boyd (Burnley)

So many candidates for Burnley but Boyd gets the nod for his hard work in defence and non-stop effort to stretch Liverpool at the other end, too. His stats for distance covered (12.46km) and sprints (90) were the best of any player on the pitch and he won possession 10 times, more than any Burnley player

Liverpool’s road trip continues, first with a journey to Burton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, and then a tough-looking task at Tottenham in the Premier League next weekend.

Burnley are also on their travels. They leave Turf Moor for the first time for the short trip to Accrington in their EFL Cup second-round tie on Wednesday, then head to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on Saturday.

The stats you need to know

The Clarets won their first league game against Liverpool since September 1974, having gone seven without a win since then.

Sam Vokes became the first Burnley player to score a league goal against Liverpool at Turf Moor since Ray Hankin in March 1975 – they had failed in six games since then.

Burnley scored more in this game than they managed in seven previous home Premier League games.

Vokes scored his first Premier League goal in his 28th appearance in the competition.

Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their past 11 away Premier League games (6-0 v Aston Villa).

Since Jurgen Klopp took over, only Aston Villa (12) and West Ham (10) have had more errors leading to goals in the Premier League than Liverpool (nine).