Away trips to Merseyside have largely been the most daunting fixture on the Premier League calendar in recent seasons, with Liverpool having gone more than three calendar years without defeat on home soil.
That run was ended in stunning fashion this week as struggling Burnley shocked an out-of-form Reds side to secure a 1-0 victory, Sean Dyche joining an exclusive group of managers to have claimed three points in the Premier League at Anfield in the Jurgen Klopp era.
We look back on the five managers to have masterminded away wins against Klopp’s side, a list featuring a rather surprising collection of top-flight coaches.
Alan Pardew – Crystal Palace (November, 2015)
Jurgen Klopp’s first home defeat – and first as Liverpool manager – came to Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace, with the Eagles securing a 2-1 win that moved them above the Reds in the Premier League table
Palace had proven themselves as somewhat of a bogey side for the Reds in recent campaigns and inflicted another damaging result on the club and their new manager, Yannick Bolasie opening the scoring for the visitors after swivelling in the box and firing home.
Liverpool responded to the setback and were level before the break as Philippe Coutinho turned home from Nathaniel Clyne’s cross, though the hosts failed to build on that equaliser and managed just four shots on target from 22 efforts at goal.
Klopp’s side were made to pay for their wastefulness as Scott Dann scored an 82nd-minute winner for Palace, reacting first after seeing his initial header saved by Simon Mignolet.
Victory secured Palace their second away win at Anfield in the space of just six months, having waited some 24 years to add to their 1991 victory at Liverpool – a fixture in which manager Pardew played.
Louis van Gaal – Manchester United (January, 2016)
Just two months later and Klopp suffered his second home defeat since taking charge at Anfield, the almost traditional snooze-fest that is Liverpool-Manchester United ending in a scrappy late win for the visitors.
The fixture was the German’s first experience of English football’s biggest rivalry but it was one that ultimately ended in defeat, Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal of the game after Marouane Fellaini’s header had come back off the bar.
Liverpool had chances to win the game but were frustrated by an impressive performance from David de Gea, allowing Louis van Gaal to return back down the East Lancs road with both three points and bragging rights.
Paul Clement – Swansea (January, 2017)
After an indifferent start to his Anfield reign the first full season of the Jurgen Klopp era saw the Reds show signs of progress, heading into the New Year within touching distance of the league leaders.
Any ambitious hopes of a title challenge were virtually extinguished following a disappointing defeat at home to relegation strugglers Swansea, however, then on their third manager of the season after the appointment of Paul Clement in early January.
Just a few weeks later and the former PE teacher was celebrating an away victory over Liverpool, Swansea lifting themselves off the bottom of the Premier League following a topsy-turvy clash.
Fernando Llorente had fired the visitors into a shock two-goal lead with two goals in four minutes shortly after the break, only for Roberto Firmino to respond with a brace of his own to level the scores.
Swansea refused to crumble and hit back to snatch a winner with 12 minutes remaining, Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring from close range to hand Clement his first win and the Swans their first ever three points at Anfield.
Sam Allardyce – Crystal Palace (April, 2017)
Crystal Palace, again – though this time under different management with Big Sam making his mark and denting Liverpool’s hopes of securing a top four finish.
The Premier League’s most notorious firefighter had been drafted in at Selhurst Park with the Eagles in danger of the drop, the change sparking an upturn in fortunes as Allardyce’s side moved away from danger with a run of six victories in eight fixtures between February and April.
The sixth of those successes came on Merseyside and it was former Reds forward Christian Benteke who came back to haunt his old side, scoring twice as the visitors came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory.
Philippe Coutinho’s fabulous free-kick had opened the scoring before Benteke’s smart finish levelled the scores before the break, the Belgium international then proving the match-winner with a poacher’s effort to stun the home crowd.
Victory was remarkably Palace’s third consecutive away win at Liverpool, the first side to achieve the feat since Chelsea in October 2005.
Sean Dyche – Burnley (January, 2021)
Benteke’s double would spark an incredible run of home form for Liverpool who would go unbeaten for more than three-and-a-half years on home soil, their 68 games without defeat at Anfield the second best record in Premier League history.
That run was ended in embarrassing fashion, however, as Burnley shocked the champions with a first away win against Liverpool since 1974, Ashley Barnes scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.
Defeat continued a concerning run of form with Liverpool now five games without a win and goalless in four fixtures, their title defence faltering and a number of key performers out of form and lacking confidence
Divock Origi wasted a glorious chance for the home side but in truth they created very little, Burnley’s resilient rearguard standing firm to secure Sean Dyche’s strugglers a precious three points.
Liverpool – as they have done in recent fixtures – dominated the ball but lacked imagination and tempo, labouring in possession and remain in need of inspiration if they are to come through a difficult period.