Reds' revenge mission?

Clarets boss Sean Dyche expects Liverpool's inspiration to come from pushing for Champions League football rather than revenge against Burnley on Sunday.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:35 am
Andre Gray slots home the second

The Clarets beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-0 at Turf Moor in August, despite enjoying only 19% possession.

It was a result that rankled with the German for some time, having had 25 shots to Burnley’s 3, as Klopp said on the day: “Is it fair that they had two good moments and we had 500?

“No, but it is 2-0.

“It is our job to get the result we deserved and obviously today we deserved a defeat.”

Burnley go in search of a first away win of the season, and first double over the Reds since 1930, and Dyche said: “It’s a marker of how far the club has come that we’re looking forward to going to Anfield again, it’s a great one for the fans, Anfield is steeped in history.

“And there will have been people two years ago thinking ‘will they get back there again?’

“It’s a stern challenge, even though they’ve had a few bumps in the road, they’re still a good side, as we saw against Spurs and Arsenal.

“We delivered a really strong tactical performance against them at Turf, I thought Liverpool were outstanding on the day, but we scored two good goals.

“They were outstanding, their energy and quickness of their play - they are a fine side.

“I doubt they will give that game too much thought, they are trying to get a result for their own reasons, and will want to get back in the Champions League.

“We know the reality of the challenge.”

The game will be perceived by many as a free hit for the Clarets against a top side, and Dyche added: “People look at it and know the odds are stacked against us, they have to give their view, and our record signing is probably as much as their cheapest signing.

“We have to take the challenge on, people won’t expect anything from us, and the reality of the Premier League is that there are massive gaps.”

However, Burnley, despite a lack of an away win, are 12th in the table, nine points clear of danger:

“The bigger picture is every pundit had us down to be nowhere near what we are doing, our overall season has been very good and we have to keep taking the challenge on.

“We have to keep maintaining our performances, which we came away from at Swansea, so we have to correct that, but we know what we are and what we’re about and we’re in good shape.”