Thursday 14 December 2017

Rodgers: Burnley will be difficult to beat

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thinks he will have to outwit one of the managers of the season to maintain his side's recent resurgence.

The Reds are unbeaten in 10 Premier League games but Rodgers expects a strong test as Sean Dyche brings relegation battlers Burnley to Anfield tonight.

Early in that sequence Raheem Sterling struck as the Merseysiders edged to an unconvincing 1-0 win at Turf Moor and, despite the improvement in form since, Rodgers knows his team will need to be alert.

Rodgers said: "I rate Burnley as a team, and the manager in particular. Sean Dyche has done an incredible job at Burnley. He is a Premier League manager who is very talented.

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"I think they have given absolutely everything to the cause. They got a great promotion and Sean is maybe up there, I am sure, as one of the candidates for manager of the year, irrespective of what happens."

Burnley are in the bottom three and in need of points after collecting just two from their last six games.

But amid that run they were unlucky in defeat at Manchester United and held leaders Chelsea to a creditable draw before conceding an unfortunate own goal to lose to Swansea last weekend. They also drew at champions Manchester City in December.

Rodgers said: "I am always impressed when I watch Burnley. I watch their workrate. They have gone away from home in big games and performed well and got good results."

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