STEPHEN Ward believes the Clarets have taken another step forward after extending their unbeaten start to the season away from home.

Burnley have taken five points from their opening three away games of the campaign, following up a win at champions Chelsea with a point at Tottenham and Saturday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Republic of Ireland man believes the team has grown in stature in terms of experience in approaching tough away games now, and they got their rewards again on Merseyside.

"You never know where you're going to pick your points up from because it's such a tough league but on paper not many people would have expected us to get anything," he said.

"We feel that we've grown as a team and as a club coming to these places with the experience last year. It's a great start and it shows another step in our development to come here and get a point in the way we did.

"Popey has made a couple of great saves and they've had a few chances but you have to get a bit of luck sometimes and with the way we've defended and the hard work we've put in we earned that point.

"They'll obviously be disappointed not to win the game but we had a couple of great chances as well with two headers off the line in the second half.

"The reality of it is that we're not going to come here and play Liverpool off the park. We know our strengths and our ability and we've worked to them."