Johann Berg Gudmundsson wished his first goal of the season could have counted for more after Liverpool’s late winner ushered in 2018 in the cruellest way possible at Turf Moor.
Gudmundsson headed home an 87th-minute equaliser to give the Clarets what appeared to be a well-deserved reward against a Liverpool side unbeaten in the Premier League since October.
But in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, the Reds dashed Gudmundsson’s New Year celebrations when defender Ragnar Klavan nodded in to give the Merseysiders a 2-1 win which keeps them clear in the final Champions League qualifying slot.
“I have been waiting a long time for my goal. I have been setting a few up but you always want to score yourself as well,” said Gudmundsson, who met substitute Sam Vokes’ downward header with a far-post finish to claim his second top-flight goal and first since he struck in a home win over Crystal Palace nearly 14 months ago.
“It was tough, as it doesn’t mean a lot now because we didn’t take any points, which is disappointing.
“It’s a tough one to take, especially after we worked so hard to get back into the game and against a good side like Liverpool.
“They have some fantastic players and we showed we deserved to be up there where are.
“Every time we play those big teams we cause problems. We just need to stick to that but it’s tough we didn’t get the point I think we deserved.”
The Clarets’ failure to deal with one final set-piece proved costly as they conceded an injury-time goal for the second time in three games.
Manchester United denied Sean Dyche’s men a famous win at Old Trafford on Boxing Day with a last-gasp strike.
And with Huddersfield fortuitously holding out for a 0-0 draw last Saturday, the Clarets have just two points to show for a demanding Christmas programme which – despite some impressive performances which undoubedly warranted more – means they have now gone five league games without a win to remain seventh in the table.
“I think we played really well in every game except Tottenham. Spurs played better than us on the day,” Gudmundsson told Clarets Player HD.
“But against Manchester United, 2-0 up you want to win the game, and at Huddersfield we played some cracking football there and deserved a penalty and deserved to score.
“And today as well, but that’s football. You have to concentrate for the whole match and we didn’t do that.
“We just need to carry on. We’ve had a fantastic season so far and there’s much more to come from us.
“We haven’t won for a long time now and we want to get back to getting three points.
“But we’ve had a fantastic first half of the season and if we look back we can’t complain.”