By Will Butcher
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has criticised Liverpool’s tactics after his Burnley outfit defied the odds to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-0.
The Clarets secured a precious three points as Sam Vokes and Andre Gray notched first half goals to give Dyche’s team a memorable victory, despite the Reds dominating possession.
Facing the media after their victory, the former Watford manager told reporters that if he wanted his side to keep possession, they could have.
“Liverpool had six men in midfield at times,” Dyche said, as quoted by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo. “If I wanted to do that I’m sure we could dominate possession. We wanted to penetrate.
“It’s a myth that dominating possession wins you games. Leicester City proved that last season.”
Burnley played the majority of the match behind the ball, making it difficult for Liverpool to break the Premier League new boys down and ultimately the 45-year-old got his tactics spot on.
New signing Steven Defour started in midfield, and was impressive before being substituted in the 56th minute. Defenders Ben Mee and Michael Keane were also very solid, while there was a clean sheet for England international Tom Heaton.
Liverpool travel to Championship minnows Burton Albion next, as they look to get themselves in the hat for the third round of the EFL Cup.
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