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Burnley boss Dyche blasts back at Klopp; 'cheat' Sturridge: I'm happy being old-fashioned

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has accused Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge of "cheating" after Wednesday's 3-1 defeat.

Jurgen Klopp claimed that Burnley's players needed to take more care with their challenges – despite admitting that they were not fouls.

But that has drawn a stinging response from Dyche, who claimed that England striker Sturridge dived to win a free-kick in the first 15 minutes of Wednesday's game.

He said: “He [Klopp] didn't reference Daniel Sturridge's cheating when he went down, nothing near him, and he got a free-kick for it.

“I watched Liverpool as a kid, I was a Liverpool fan growing up in the 70s, and when I grew up watching them, they had a fantastic side, of skill, will demand and a physical edge.

“Now if that's gone and been replaced by cheating, I'm absolutely happy to be old fashioned.

“There's no way I'd want to not see good proper professionals challenging in the manner that ours did last night, and replace it with cheating."

Liverpool lost Joe Gomez to an ankle injury after a first-half challenge from Ben Mee, but Dyche said the only tackle that Klopp had any right to complain about was one from Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno.

Dyche said: “What I would say is this, and I think it's important to register: there were some excellent tackles in the game.

“I think the only one that was questionable was Bardo's. I think Ben Mee's was a fantastic tackle.

“I imagine a player who seems to be an honest player, in Gomez, realised that. That was the message we got after.

“We send him our best if any injury has occurred but it wasn't from a bad tackle."

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