It would be no surprise if Trent Alexander-Arnold woke up in a cold sweat last night thinking about Dwight McNeil.

The Burnley winger gave the England international a torrid time at Anfield on Thursday night with two pieces of skill in particular catching the eye.

Both came in the second half as the Clarets sensed an opportunity to pick up a result against the defending champions, something they achieved thanks to Ashley Barnes' late penalty.

That in part was thanks to McNeil.

With Burnley having been penned in the winger collected the ball in a tight area just inside the Liverpool half and held onto possession well, turning Joel Matip and winning a free kick.

Two phases of play later and the ball was in the Liverpool net and McNeil's game intelligence deserves praise.

But it was his skillset which stole the show.

Early in the second half he faced up Alexander-Arnold and simply flipped the ball past him hot-dog style and disappeared into the distance.

Later he turned out of a crowded area and simply knocked the ball one way and disappeared the other to escape the Reds right back and cross for Johann Berg Gudmundsson to shoot wide.

It wasn't the first time McNeil has caused Alexander-Arnold real problems and on that showing it won't be the last.

McNeil was back to his magical best at Anfield and his recent spell out through injury seems to have provided the 21-year-old with a freshness to rediscover his best form.

Alison's anger

The keeper produced a theatrical reaction to the concession of the penalty, hunching over and looking generally bemused.

While he certainly didn't flatten Barnes there was contact and the Burnley man reached the ball first, perhaps winning a spot kick rather than Alisson conceding one.

But it was a penalty and Barnes stepped up to convert.

Alisson was clearly still irked at full time with referee Mike Dean as the goalkeeper confronted the officials on the pitch and had to be held back by Klopp as he continued to remonstrate.

Perfect plan

Burnley arrived at Anfield knowing they have the game to cause Liverpool problems.

It was evident in the 1-1 draw between the sides last season and was on show again on Thursday.

The Clarets defended from the front and were prepared, as they often are, to sit in a narrow deep block of four and allow Liverpool space in wide areas.

Alexander-Arnold delivered 22 crosses in the match from the right but only one was accurate with balls into the box like that food and drink for Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.

Liverpool simply didn't have the answer to Burnley's resolute backline and for all the probing and prodding on the edge of the box, very rarely did the home side get in behind.

Dyche won the tactical battle against Klopp.