Ashley Barnes taunt cut short as Liverpool penalty incident was missed in Burnley’s win – .

Ashley Barnes taunt cut short as Liverpool penalty incident was missed in Burnley’s win – .

Liverpool have secured back-to-back wins for the new Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday midday.
Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane hurt the Clarets as the Reds climbed to the top of the table.

But you knew all of this, of course.

What you might have missed, however, is a series of intriguing subplots at Anfield on Saturday.

Scorpion kings

Driven by the festival atmosphere at Anfield on Saturday, Thiago Alcantara and Roberto Firmino have decided to review their party pieces before kick-off.

As the pair warmed up alongside Takumi Minamino, they engaged in a holding game as the ball passed around the trio without ever touching the ground.

Thiago played one over his shoulder before Firmino did the same using his back.

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Minamino then held the ball down with a nice heel as they walked through their repertoire of fascinating skills with effortless ease.

Thiago, in particular, showed his mind-blowing close control with a range of punches and tricks, as the ball never nearly touched the ground for most of a few minutes.

In the end, however, it was one too many rounds for Thiago, who ruined the momentum with an overly elaborate scorpion flick that didn’t quite take off.

Barnes gets the memo … finally

Ashley Barnes was the bane of Liverpool when the two sides last met at Anfield in January.

But his efforts to do the same once again failed, even though the attacker himself was the last to know.

Passing the ball past Alisson Becker at the start of the second half, the Burnley forward believed he had made it 1-1 and duly tried to finish the Kop in celebration.

Reveling in his reputation as a spoiler, Barnes was apparently the last to know that the offside flag had been raised as he tried to goad opposition supporters.

Unsurprisingly, those in the stands enjoyed the moment Barnes finally realized his goal wouldn’t count.

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Dyche’s moans are one-eyed

“We came into halftime in good shape and I thought we should have had a penalty against Dwight McNeil but you know our penalty record – we don’t get them,” moaned full-time Sean Dyche.

The Burnley boss was clearly unhappy with Mike Dean’s decision not to kick the visitors in the first half after McNeil fell under a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Dyche, however, seemed to ignore another incident in the second half which saw Diogo Jota run into Jack Cork.

As Mohamed Salah tried to cut inside, Jota waited for a pass inside the penalty area when he was downed in an out-of-ball incident that Dyche apparently didn’t detect.

The Portuguese leader was crushed by a rushing Cork as he waited to receive a assist from Salah midway through the second period.

No penalties were imposed and VAR chose not to verify the incident.


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