SEAN Dyche says his Burnley side set the bar for the type of performance he wants to see repeated, despite defeat to Liverpool.

After a goalless first half in which Ashley Barnes had a volley chalked off for offside, the Clarets took a deserved lead against the title-chasing Reds through Jack Cork.

But James Milner equalised just eight minutes later, before Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead with his first touch after coming off the bench, and Xherdan Shaqiri wrapped things up on the counter in stoppage time, after Ben Mee had a header clawed out by Alisson at the opposite end.

Despite a result that extends their winless run to eight games, Dyche was encouraged by a much improved from Saturday’s defeat at Crystal Palace.

“The performance tonight was good, it was much more like us. This has to be constant now from us. We kept going until the death,” said the Burnley boss, who made five changes.

“The players know we hadn’t been good enough, they’re an honest bunch so they’ll admit that themselves.

“We know Liverpool are a good side. With due respect to the other teams not every side are like these.

“The main thing tonight was the idea of getting back to what we are, what we were doing last season, and I feel that we are close to that again.

“There were some excellent tackles, it was a real front-foot mentality.”

And Dyche has called for a repeat performance from supporters too when the Clarets entertain Brighton at Turf Moor on Saturday.

“The crowd were fantastic tonight, they’ve stuck by us and they’ve proved tonight they will always stick by us,” said the Burnley boss.

“Saturday is such a big game for us, we need the same mentality from the crowd then. It’s easy for the crowd to get up for these sort of games, but we need them on Saturday.”