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Ward: We Believe We Can Beat Anyone

19 August 2016

Stephen Ward says there is a belief amongst the squad that they can beat anyone in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

The Clarets were unfortunate to open the season with a 0-1 defeat to Swansea City at Turf Moor.

And Ward feels that the mentality which saw them win the Sky Bet Championship title can help them in the top flight.

He said: “We’re excited for another big game in the Premier League. It was a tough game last Saturday and we felt we equipped ourselves well and were right in the game.

“Looking back maybe we deserved something from the game but you’ve got to move on. Every game is tough and it doesn’t get much tougher than Liverpool on Saturday.

“We worked really hard last year to get into this league so we’ll approach every game with the right mentality and believe we can win every game.”

The core of the group is similar to last time around in the Premier League, with Steven Defour joining from Anderlecht this week.

Ward, who has previous top-flight experience with Wolverhampton Wanderers, says that kind of experience can help them as they look to put points on the board against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Republic of Ireland international defender scored his first top-flight goal against the Reds at Anfield in December 2010.

And he is hoping there will be plenty to celebrate on the day of his 31st birthday on Saturday.

 “We’ve learnt a lot from last time we were in the league and a lot of the squad have had a taste of Premier League football.

“If we can get points on the board as early as possible then hopefully that will bode well for a good season.

“I think you could feel a confidence around the stadium from the players and the staff as well. 

“There’s a real belief that we deserve to be here and we’re here on merit so we need to grab it with both hands.

“The performance last week was one with confidence too, I didn’t think there were many nerves and we’re really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

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