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Cork Up For 'Special' Night

Midfielder determined to make life tough for European Champions

30 August 2019

Jack Cork is ready to rub shoulders with the elite as the Clarets prepare to take on Liverpool at a sold-out Turf Moor.

Saturday evening’s visit of the Reds will see Burnley entertain reigning European Champions for the first time since September, 1968 following Liverpool’s triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid in the Champions League final in June.

Fifty one years ago, a Brian O’Neil goal gave the Clarets a 1-0 win over Matt Busby’s Manchester United.

And while Liverpool’s record of just one defeat in their last 42 league games, suggests a repeat will a tough task for Sean Dyche’s side, Cork is relishing the prospect of trying to spring a surprise against last season’s Premier League runners-up.

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“It’s a game you can look at and people are thinking ‘Liverpool are going to win this game’. You’re thinking ‘if we do well, we know we can get something from it’,” said the midfielder who put Burnley in front before Liverpool hit back to win last season’s corresponding fixture 3-1.

“It was unlucky but another example of going close against one of the big teams.

“It’s always nice to play against the bigger teams. There’s something different - special.

“It’s a good challenge and a good test. When you’re young and growing up you want to be playing against these sort of teams; you dream of playing for the Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds.

“It’s good to play them and say: ‘I’m good enough to do this at this level.’

“It’s good to test yourself against the best players in the world and there’s nothing better than the current European champions. You can’t look past that. We know it’s going to be a difficult game.

“But I think we have a good history against the best teams, not necessarily winning all the time but going close and making things difficult for them.”

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A 2-1 loss at Arsenal a fortnight ago provided further evidence of that as part of an upbeat start to the season from the Clarets, who have taken four points from their opening three games.

Cork believes the foundations are in place for a positive campaign but knows no-one can at Turf Moor can take their eye off the ball.

“It’s a very positive start,” he added. “It was a great start against Southampton and then the next two games at Arsenal and Wolves we feel unlucky we didn’t get more from them.

“If we play the way we have in the first three games we should have enough this season to do well.

“But it’s always a tough league and it’s easy to say we’ve had a good start.

“If you look at West Brom two seasons ago, I think they won two and drew one of their first three games.

“With seven points out of the three games you are thinking ‘that’s a great start’ and that’s when you can take your foot off the gas.

“I don’t think they got another win until the next year. That’s the Premier League and that’s how it is.

“You can never afford to relax and we just started getting our head around that after the start of last season when we weren’t doing the things that make the team successful.

“We know we have to play a certain way every week or we don’t get results.”

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