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Burnley boss Dyche: We'll play to win against Liverpool; Tarkowski must fight for place

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists they will play to win against Liverpool today.

With 34 points accumulated, Dyche has told his players to walk out with their shoulders back and go for the win!

The gaffer said: “Liverpool have certainly got into a rich vein of form. They are scoring goals and have that attacking feel about them at the moment, so we know we are going to have to play well and defend properly.

“It's another measure of how far the club has come. We go into these games with our shoulders back and it's another of those occasions to be enjoyed.

“However, still with a mindset to go and win. We're not just there to have fun. We're there to go and win and although we're in a tough run of games at the moment, we are delivering performances and could have earned more than we have."

Meanwhile, Dyche has warned James Tarkowski he has a battle to get back into the starting XI after the form of Kevin Long.

Dyche said: “Yeah, he's a very good player, but Kevin Long has done fantastically well, particularly mentally.

"You have a tough afternoon against Harry Kane and even though he is a top player, your pride is hurt. You come out of that play at Man U, 2-2, play (against Huddersfield), clean sheet.

"That's massive growth for a player. I know because I was a centre-half and when you have one of those awkward afternoons, it's tough to take because you take it personally, you take it all on yourself, to reflect on that, make sense of it, and go again, that's a big step forward."

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