SEAN Dyche will be spending this week 'picking the bones' out of why the Clarets didn't perform as well as they have been doing this season when he switched to a 4-4-2 last weekend.

Although Burnley took all three points against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor they were on the back foot for most of the game after Chris Wood's early strike.

It was the first time this campaign that Dyche had paired two strikers together in Wood and Sam Vokes, but the performance wasn't as good as the three in the league that came before it when he used three central midfielders.

Now the Clarets chief will look at what went wrong on Sunday before deciding how his side should line up at Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool.

"We wanted to see if it worked, we wanted to get into their back four early, so we deliberately played longer than we usually do," Dyche said of the system against Palace.

"This season we've mixed it more, playing through the midfield, it worked to a degree, not as much as I would have liked and hoped, so we’re continually looking at different ways of flexing the team.

“We didn't play as well as we have done, with the three in midfield, so we’ll look at it. Is it an anomaly? Is it because they were good? It's our job to pick the bones out of it."

If Burnley do go back to one up front then Wood may have earned the right to keep his place in the team after a second goal for the club.

"Fantastic, he's come in with a fantastic finish at Spurs, and Sunday's was sublime. He takes it so early and the keeper’s on his way out. It was an excellent finish," Dyche said.

"His all round game was (excellent), at the end he's doing the ugly stuff, keeping it in the corner, to see the result off, a couple of important headers from set pieces, which Palace, historically, work hard at because they're a big, physical side.

“It wasn't just his finish, but you want your strikers scoring goals.

"The Premier League is new to some of these lads, Tarky, Longy, Chris Wood, he's had a taste of it before, but not playing regularly.

"We want that development within the players, we want to give them the platform, and as long as they're hungry to go out and deliver, which he certainly is, then it gives us a good, enjoyable aspect of our jobs as coaches and managers.

"A group of players who are hungry to be Premier League players and recognised Premier League players."