By Will Butcher
Burnley ran out unlikely 2-0 winners over Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, despite the Reds having 81 per cent of possession in the game.
Sean Dyche’s men used the counter-attack to full effect, and claimed three priceless points thanks to first-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his Twitter account that Liverpool’s possession was the most recorded by a losing team in the Premier League since the 2003/04 season.
Liverpool had highest possession figure for a losing side in the Premier League since 2003/04 – 80.6%
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 20, 2016
The stats mean that the Reds had possession for almost 72 minutes of the match, but failed to break down the Burnley defence.
Burnley sat behind the ball for long periods during the match, keeping their shape and defending stoutly with the Reds unable to make a breakthrough.
Sixty per cent of possession normally indicates one side’s dominance, while anything over 70 per cent denotes an extremely one-sided encounter.
A figure beyond 80 per cent possession for one side is extremely rare to the point of extraordinary, and demonstrates total control of the ball.
Nevertheless, manager Sean Dyche got his tactics spot on, as the Clarets claimed their first win of the season.
Liverpool next travel to Championship minnows Burton Albion, as they look to match their EFL Cup feats of last year, when they reached the final and lost to Manchester City on penalties.
In other Liverpool news, this playmaker has agreed a cut-price deal with the Reds after a nightmare stay.