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Dyche insists Burnley didn't deserve Liverpool defeat

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was proud of his players after defeat at Liverpool.

Liverpool looked like they had thrown away two points when Johan Berg Gudmundsson's 88th-minute equaliser cancelled out a stunning strike from Sadio Mane. But Ragnar Klavan grabbed the winner in injury time.

“I'm frustrated, obviously with the final moments of the game because we delivered a good performance and deserved a point," said Clarets boss Dyche.

“Sometimes though, these things happen. It's a soft goal but it happens and not very often to us.

“You have to remember that's virtually the same team I played the other day. There's a lot of noise about not being able to do that, but everyone saw today that was a highly motivated group of players going hard to win a game.

“The margins of football are unbelievably tight. We were a bit unfortunate at Manchester United, then dominated at Huddersfield and had a clear penalty not given, and unfortunate again today.

“But there has to be a performance level and I've been delighted with that over this Christmas period, especially when we are at stretch at the moment with the squad as thin as it's been for a while."

Dyche added: “We've done everything we can to get something out of it against a Liverpool team that, towards the end, are taking time over throw ins and free kicks and killing the game and wasting time.

“That's a marker in itself; to have a team like that resort to that against Burnley. That hasn't always been the case, trust me!

“There was a lot made of them being without a few players today, but I looked at four of their front five and they were all brought in for over £30m.

“That tells me they are still a fine side, make no mistake, but I felt we kept them quiet for long periods today.

“So, although there is a frustration in the final few minutes, there's also a lot of pride in how the team has moved forwards from a year ago.

“We have to continue to work on being a threat in the final third, but there's huge progress been made in this squad."

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