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The defending English champions are now six points behind league leaders Manchester United with Jurgen Klopp bearing the brunt of the blame.
A miserable night for the Reds was compounded further by football fans who brought up their social media campaign about Barnes ahead of Man City's clash against Burnley during the 2018/2019 season.
Throwback to when Liverpool fans changed their profile pictures to Ashley Barnes before we played Burnley..
Barnes ended Liverpool's unbeaten run at Anfield.. :joy: pic.twitter.com/2oFzb7DXxg
- City Chief (@City_Chief) January 21, 2021
Basically, Liverpool fans were urged to change their profile pictures to the striker with many supporters obliging, changing it to the 31-year-old.
Despite Liverpool's attempts, City ran out 1-0 winners at Burnley - eventually winning the league.
After Barnes popped up with the winning goal at Anfield, fans were quick to mock Liverpool over their social media stunt from 2019.
Do you remember in 18/19 when all Liverpool fans were changing their avi to Ashley Barnes to try curse City when we played Burnley?
It's all quite amusing now pic.twitter.com/NuDJ2XHqTH
- ²² (@MagnificoMendy) January 22, 2021
Remember when Liverpool fans all changed their profile pictures to Ashley Barnes?
- Tom Barton (@TomBarton6) January 21, 2021
Ironic when city played Burnley a few years ago every Liverpool fan was changing their profile pics to Ashley Barnes and hailing him as their lord and saviour and now he might just of ended Liverpool's Anfield streak. Simply poetic
- Alfie (@Mansfield1Alfie) January 21, 2021
Wasnt it all the liverpool fans repping ashley barnes last year too?:sob::sob::sob:
- . (@nelloutd) January 21, 2021
Remember when Liverpool fans had Ashley Barnes as their avi in 2019 lmaooo
- M (@GuardiolaFlair) January 21, 2021
Remember when Liverpool fans all had Ashley Barnes as their picture a few seasons back!! Top scorer at anfield 2021
- Aaron (@AaronBx21) January 21, 2021
Morning thought... remember that season when Liverpool fans were changing their profile pics on Twitter to Ashley Barnes? Oops pic.twitter.com/V7poO0u0pc
- Raff (@BeersnBlues) January 22, 2021
Liverpool fans not changing their profile pictures to Ashley Barnes tonight? pic.twitter.com/dFrpP4Shtq
- ℂ :soccer: (@CricketFieldEnd) January 21, 2021
Liverpool are going through a blip having not won a league game since their 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last month.
And they've only scored one league goal since that win with their sole strike coming against West Brom.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have fired blank during defeats to Southampton and Burnley and draws to Newcastle and Man United.
Liverpool face the league leaders in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday before resuming their league campaign at Tottenham next Thursday.