Burnley manager Sean Dyche praised his side’s second-half response after they salvaged a point from their clash with Premier League champions Liverpool.

After a handful of Liverpool chances were denied by impressive saves from Burnley’s Nick Pope, Andy Robertson eventually put the Reds ahead in the 34th minute.

The Clarets did not fold, however, with Jay Rodriguez finding a 69th minute equaliser as the visitors became the first team to prevent Liverpool winning in the league at Anfield this season.

Dyche was grateful his side were not out of the game by half-time, having conceded 73 per cent possession, numerous chances and struggled so hard to get close to Liverpool they made only one foul in 45 minutes, but praised they way they held out.

A large part of the credit had to go to Pope, who jointly leads the Premier League in clean sheets, with 14, and is staking a claim to be England’s number one.

“I think Popey was excellent. The keeper made a couple of big saves, a couple of big moments,” he said.

“His job is to keep it out the net, that’s his job and he does it very well.

“His dominance around the box is there for all to see. He is unorthodox in that he makes saves you wouldn’t expect him to make.

“First half it could have been out of sight. Second half was slightly more even.

“I thought we just about found a foothold in the game, we were a threat from set-pieces and we found a big moment.”

On becoming the first side since Leicester in January 2019 to take a points off Liverpool at Anfield he added: “Not really too fussed about that, I’m more fussed about the performance of the lads giving everything.

“For different reasons it is a big result, as how stretched the squad is. It is another point on the board, another good performance against a top side.”