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That's my boy!

Scott Arfield dedicates Anfield goal to new nephew

16 September 2017

Scott Arfield dedicated his first Premier League goal away from Turf Moor to his newest family member after leading Burnley to a long-awaited point at Anfield.

The Clarets last gained some league reward at Liverpool in 1974.

But they dug deep to make sure they wouldn’t leave empty-handed this time after Mohamed Salah cancelled out a clinical strike from Arfield, which the midfielder dedicated to his new nephew Connor.

Arfield – on the scoresheet for the first time since hitting a dramatic winner against Everton 11 months ago –  said: “In football this is an iconic British stadium so to score here is brilliant and on a personal note it was fantastic.

“I just became an uncle last week, so I’d like to dedicate that to my wee nephew.

“We are very happy. In terms of football we never really played to the best of our abilities, but to get a point here is special and just shows the mentality has completely switched.

“We come here knowing we can get points. We have showed that on numerous occasions this season and hopefully we can keep it going.

“It was a bit of a sucker-punch when they scored so quickly after us but we held on and showed what we are all about.

“Bigger teams will come here and struggle to contain them as much as we did.

“To contain a team like that and to limit them to so few clear-cut chances speaks volumes for everybody here. There are so many positives to take.”

Arfield was the goal-scoring hero on his return to the starting line-up, as Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche reverted to the formation that had brought Burnley a win at Chelsea and a draw at Tottenham.

But it also took a superb defensive performance to extend the Clarets’ unbeaten start away from home, with goalkeeper Nick Pope standing firm behind a rock-solid back four on his first Premier League start in place of the injured Tom Heaton.

“He was different class. Heats gets the plaudits he deserves and we wish him well for his recovery,” Arfield added.

“But for big Popey to come in and hit the ground running, like he did in a tough game last week and then again here, shows what he’s all about.”

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