Sean Dyche hailed another Red-letter day for Dwight McNeil as the Clarets’ teenager starred on one the Premier League’s biggest stages.
McNeil produced a magnificent display at Anfield to test title-chasing Liverpool to the full before Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 4-2 winners.
Individual errors ultimately proved too costly for the Clarets, but McNeil only enhanced his growing reputation as he did his best to keep Burnley in the contest with a series of surging runs and teasing deliveries from the left flank.
“I thought he was absolutely outstanding. Nineteen years old, away at Anfield and he’s running around that pitch full of confidence and full of quality,” said Dyche.
“I absolutely marvelled at some of his performance and that’s a massive thing for the club and the future – to see young players like him coming into the side.
“Playing in the Premier League at 19 is no mean feat and he’s been outstanding.
“He was playing against one of the top young right-backs (Trent Alexander-Arnold) in the country and I thought he certainly gave his share of the game.”
McNeil signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor less than a year ago but has already established himself as a key part of Dyche’s senior squad.
The former Academy youngster is currently on an uninterrupted 11-game streak in the Premier League and Dyche believes there is plenty more to come.
The Burnley boss added: “He’s only really had one blip, which was Newcastle away, and that was probably my fault because that was probably the one I should have taken him out because the team had just put in a big performance against Tottenham the game before and you wonder then.
“Other than that, I think he’s been outstanding, and he continues to mature.
“What a fine young player he is, and he’s a young fine young man. If he keeps working like that he’s going to look after himself – and us, the way he’s playing.”