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When Burnley travel to Aston Villa it will be the first time we’ve come up against their new manager Steven Gerrard whose last game against us was as a player for Liverpool back on Boxing Day 2014 when a Raheem Sterling goal gave them a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

Having managed Rangers in Scotland, he moved to Villa in November and has made a decent start with four wins in six games while suffering two defeats against Manchester City and his former club Liverpool.

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Speaking about Burnley this week, Gerrard said: “They’re a very experienced team and they’ve been in the league for a long time with a very experienced coach. They play a certain way where they challenge you in many different ways.

“It’s a game that we need to remain fully focused on and concentrated on. I went to watch Burnley against West Ham at the weekend and it’s very clear in terms of their style and what they want to do. They want to make the game extremely uncomfortable for you from start to finish.

“We have to make sure we’re ready for the challenge, the battle and the fight. Hopefully we can make the game look how we want it to look, in terms of the style of the game. We’re going to have to be at it, we’re going to have to play like men, in terms of standing up to the physical challenge. We have to be as strong as we can across the pitch, and we’re looking forward to that challenge.”

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Burnley were beaten last time out on the road at Newcastle, but it was just our second away defeat in five games and Sean Dyche said yesterday: “We’re ready and prepared for it, we’ve got good experience levels. I’ll listen to my players and staff opinions and we’ll try to stick to a process that I believe in.

“We’re performing better generally. I think we are just waiting for the productivity in the attacking third to return, and I believe it will and it’s how we go about our business. We haven’t got as many points on the board as we would have liked, but there is good and firm mentality in the group, and we know the challenges that are in front of us.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been hit with spells of injuries but, generally speaking, the performance levels have been decent, and it’s a platform to build on and we’ll continue to go in the right direction, but we have to go and do that.

Dyche added: “There are signs that things are going right for us through our resilience and our way of working, but you can’t just let it come your way, we have to go and earn it and work for it.”

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