Burnley’s hopes of securing a last-minute Europa League spot have been boosted by 1-1 draw away at Premier League champions Liverpool.

Sean Dyche’s side move up to 9th with this result, now just a point behind Sheffield United in 7th, as Jay Rodriguez kept their European dream alive.

Liverpool were quickest out of the blocks in this one, as Jurgen Klopp’s side looked to pin Burnley back in their own half.

And with Curtis Jones and Mo Salah both testing Nick Pope, it looked to be only a matter of time before the hosts took the lead.

With the Burnley back line being pulled all over the place by the Reds, Fabinho’s pass caught out Erik Pieters, and Andy Robertson got in on the blind side to head home.

Liverpool picked up where they left off after the break, with Roberto Firmino hitting a post and Salah again testing Pope.

But with Klopp’s side unable to find a second goal, Dyche’s plan to stay in the game worked perfectly.

And the Clarets found an equaliser in trademark fashion with 20 minutes to go, as James Tarkowski nodded down Josh Brownhill’s free kick, and Rodriguez reacted quickest to prod past Alisson.

Liverpool went all out in the closing stages, with Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane all coming close, but Burnley once again found themselves a saviour, and his name is Pope.


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