Defender Kieran Trippier is determined to prolong his career in the Premier League with the Clarets.
A 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield midweek, courtesy of goals from Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, ensured Sean Dyche’s side remained three points from safety ahead of Manchester City’s arrival at Turf Moor a week tomorrow.
This is where I want to be. I’m 24-years-old and I want to play in the Premier League for as long as I can.Kieran Trippier
With just 10 games remaining going in to the clash with Trippier’s former club, the 24-year-old said: “I’ve been looking forward to every game that we’ve played this season. This is where we want to be playing. We’ve got a big 10 games now but we’ll take it game by game and we’ll see where that takes us at the end of the season.
“We all believe in each other and the mood is how it was at the start of the season and how it’s been all the way through.
“It’s obviously been tough this season, like we expected, but this is where we want to be, playing against these teams and these players week in week out. The mood has never changed this season.”
Trippier added: “Of course we don’t want to give it up. We give everything in every game that we go in to.
“Every single player, whether they’re starting or coming on, gives 110 per cent. We’ll keep playing with freedom and with smiles on our faces to try and get those results that we need.
“This is where I want to be. I’m 24-years-old and I want to play in the Premier League for as long as I can. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and I want to achieve that with Burnley.”
Trippier played alongside Reds striker Sturridge for City in the FA Youth Cup where they ran out winners in 2008 beating Chelsea 4-2 on aggregate.
The England international, who netted in the first leg of that tie, slipped between Trippier and Michael Keane to head home his fourth goal of the campaign from Jordan Henderson’s delivery.
“I played with him in the youth team for the Youth Cup,” said Trippier. “It shows how far he’s come; he’s a quality player and a quality lad. He helped me a lot when I was at Manchester City with him.
“It was a difficult game. I thought the goals we conceded were a bit cheap by our standards but we came out in the second half, we pressed well and we caused them a few problems. Unfortunately it just wasn’t to be today.”
He added: “They’re a good side and we knew the quality of the opposition we were up against, especially with the front line of Sterling, Sturridge, Coutinho and Lallana.
“I could go through their whole team. It was a tough game but we’ll move on and get ready for the next one.”