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Preview: Liverpool vs Burnley

4 March 2015

Sean Dyche insists any outside pressure is all on Liverpool ahead of Burnley’s trip to Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Clarets travel to Merseyside to take on the Premier League’s in-form side, having already picked up precious away points against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United so far this season.



And while the hosts go into the game in scintillating form, having won eight and drawn two of their last 10 league matches, Dyche believes the opposition’s recent good run of form will enable his team to approach the game with no extra pressure and a freedom.

He said: “We prepare properly for every game and we believe in the way we prepare and the way in which the team are operating.

“The biggest thing is the outside view. Obviously, the weight of expectation and pressure goes onto the team that we’re playing against because of who they are.

“In this case it’s Liverpool who had a bit of an up-and-down and bumpy start, but have found a real rich vein of form since Christmas onwards.

“Of course, all their fans in the whole of the world will be thinking that they will win. And it’s not that easy, quite obviously, for them to do that.

“But we know they’re a very good side and they’ve spent a lot of money on some very good players.

“It’s taken time to develop them into a side, which often happens. We know that time is not always given, particularly after Brendan [Rodgers] and his side did so well last year.

“There was a few question marks, but deep down you look at the quality they’ve got and there was a fair chance it was always going to start coming together and since Christmas they’ve put
in some really good performances and got good results.”

Meanwhile, Dyche, who will be without long-term absentees Kevin Long and Dean Marney for the short journey to Merseyside has also confirmed Matt Taylor is stepping up his recovery from an Achilles injury that has kept him out of action since the end of August.

However, the fixture at Anfield will come too soon for the former Bolton and West Ham United man.

He added: “Matt has been back in training and it’s about giving him game time now. He’s been out long enough, so he’s not going to need one, but a few games to get up and running.

“But we think he’s clear and he seems to be clear, so we hope he gets on and gets properly match fit now.”

MATCH OFFICIALS



Lee Mason will take charge of tomorrow night’s fixture at Anfield. The Lancashire official has officiated 22 games this season, issuing 75 yellow cards and 5 red cards in the process.

Mason’s last Burnley fixture came in January this year when the Clarets lost 2-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Four players were cautioned on that day, three for the hosts and Dean Marney.

Mr Mason will be assisted D England, R West and fourth official R East.

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