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Vokes: We're A Different Team Now

Striker believes Clarets have moved on since last season's win over Liverpool

15 September 2017

Sam Vokes believes Burnley are a different team from the one that beat Liverpool just over a year ago to kick-start their Premier League life.

And he expects to travel to Anfield with confidence after the Clarets’ flying start to life on the road this time around.

Sean Dyche’s men beat the Reds 2-0 at Turf Moor in their second game of the 2016/17 season to collect the first of 10 home wins.

Vokes was on the scoresheet that day as he notched his first goal in the Premier League.

But the Clarets’ striker feels both he and the team have progressed since as they prepare to go to Merseyside on Saturday in search of a first win at Liverpool since 1974.

“I think we are a completely different outfit now – the experience we have on a personal note and as a team and a club,” said Vokes.

“We are a lot more established in this league and we definitely feel part of it now.

“Don’t get me wrong, people are still going to say Burnley are underdogs in these sort of games.

“But in the dressing room and within ourselves we know we are going there full of confidence and looking to take the game on.”

Sam Vokes scored his first of 10 league goals last season against Liverpool

Burnley go to Liverpool level on points with Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are still unbeaten at home this season following a mid-week draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

But the Clarets have already taken four points from their two outings so far - at champions Chelsea and last season’s runners-up Tottenham – and face the Reds on the back of a first home win of the campaign against Crystal Palace last weekend.

“We have got the points on the board so far,” added Vokes.

“When the fixtures came out there were some tough games in there, but we have held our own and made a good start from it.

“There are some tough games coming up but it would be even harder going into them with no points on the board.

“We’ve got that bit of freedom to go into those games with a bit of confidence behind us.

“A lot was made last year of the away results but we put that to bed straight away and now turning up at these places we don’t have that looming over us.

“It’s a chance for us to go and express ourselves on a nice ground and take the challenge on.

“To get four points away from home already is massive. I don’t think there’s anything to fear going into these sort of games.”

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