Jurgen Klopp looks to end Sean Dyche feud with honest claim ahead of clash
Liverpool travel to Burnley on Sunday as Klopp and Dyche prepare for another meeting in opposing dugouts having had several crosswords between them in previous encounters
Jurgen Klopp has told Sean Dyche that keeping Burnley in the Premier League is as impressive as winning the title.
The Liverpool boss is full of praise for what Dyche has achieved at Turf Moor – ahead of his team’s trip to face the bottom-of-the-table Clarets – and reckons no other manager could have done it.
Klopp and Dyche are the longest-serving managers in the top-flight – and both have a very different list of priorities.
Klopp said: “I don’t think – and I honestly mean it – that any other manager could have achieved what Sean has achieved at Burnley.
“That’s the truth. I was not here at Liverpool when they were relegated and came back.
“But since I’ve been here, Burnley is Premier League.
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“The resources they have, in comparison with other countries, are really good.
“But, in comparison with other Premier League clubs, obviously not that good.
“Staying that stable in the Premier League is a massive achievement. I have to say, it’s as big as winning the league with other clubs. For sure, they get all my respect.”
Liverpool go into the game needing all three points to stay within striking distance of Manchester City at the top of the table.
But Klopp has had his fingers burnt by Burnley before.
He has won seven of his 11 meetings with Dyche – suffering a 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor in 2016 and then losing 1-0 at Anfield last season.
The pair had a volatile exchange of views when Dyche explained why he helped block Klopp’s proposal that Premier League clubs should be allowed to use five substitutes.
But Klopp said: “Burnley is one of the two or three places in the league where you think, ‘Aah, I am not really looking forward to it’.
“Especially not at the beginning. The first time, it was, ‘Oh my God’ – but then you get experience and learn more, realise the battles around the touchline and stuff like this. It’s part of the deal.
“But my respect couldn’t be bigger. I have to say nobody else could have done it.”