Tom Heaton was left to reflect on a ‘tough night’ after the Clarets lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.
Goals from England international pair Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge were the difference as a Reds side in scintillating form extended their unbeaten run to 12 games at the Clarets expense.
And the stopper conceded that he felt the opposition were the best they had faced since the opening day against Chelsea.
Heaton said: “They were excellent and it was a tough night actually and they made it very difficult to play against them.
“We kept plugging away as we always do but it just wasn’t our night.
“I’m not usually so busy which is testament to the lads and how we’ve defended this season but I saw a bit more action tonight and made a few more saves.
“Obviously we’re slightly disappointed to not have more of an impact in the other half as a team.
“The first save was quite an early one as they came out the blocks quick, as we were expecting and then continued it really.
“They found a lot of space and their movement is excellent but I did think we defended well and kept it to 1-0 and you’re always in with a chance but the second goal early in the second half
killed it a bit.
“I think since that’s the best opposition we’ve faced since Chelsea on the opening day of the season and it was a possession-based game for them after that to kill it off.”
Heaton was forced into action after just 24 seconds, when he denied England forward Sturridge and went on to make a string of fine saves to prevent the hosts extending their advantage further still.
And the 28-year-old believes the Clarets can learn a lot from the experience of playing against such high-quality opposition going in to the rest of the season.
He added: “They’re a top side with top players and this is the level we want to be aspiring to so we’ll try and learn what we can from it and get better from the experience.
“We’re chomping at the bit to be right in that mix and we’ve got some great games coming up. We’ll look at them one at a time and look to get points from them.
“There’s certainly no lack of belief and motivation to stay in this division.
“I can’t wait for Manchester City, it’s another exciting game in the Premier League and what a great time it would be to go and get a win.”