Liverpool set unwanted Premier League record in shock Burnley loss

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After what was an excellent opening game of the season away at Arsenal last weekend, Liverpool came crashing back down to Earth on Saturday against Burnley.

Succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to the recently promoted side, Jurgen Klopp's team have been widely criticised - from fans and the media alike - for failing to turn their statistical superiority into a result.

And now it turns out that their inability to do just that has seen them set a pretty incredible, and certainly unwanted, Premier League record.


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With 80.6% possession in Saturday's upset defeat and 26 shots at Burnley's goal, Liverpool outdid Burnley in just about every statistical category there is - except, of course, the one that mattered.

And, according to a statistic published by BBC Radio 5 Live in the aftermath of the defeat, no Premier League team has ever lost having had as much possession since records began in 2003.

The fact is the cherry on the top of what was an extremely frustrating game for the Anfield club.

While Burnley took what were effectively their only two chances of the game, Liverpool were wasteful with theirs and their huge possession advantage failed to provide any cutting edge.

Given the competitive, fast-paced nature of the English league, there can't be too many teams who have enjoyed over 80 percent possession, let alone lost from that position.

As a result, while Klopp and co. will want to move on from the loss as quickly as possible, it might be some time before they are overtaken for this particular unwanted record.

Speaking on the result, the Liverpool boss was predictably disappointed with the Turf Moor defeat, but insisted there were positives.

"Our decision making was not good," the German told the BBC. "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."

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