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Sean Dyche backs under-fire 'Pool boss Brendan Rodgers

By Rory Dollard

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers is a victim of his own success.

The pair worked together at Watford in 2008/09, Rodgers in his first management role and Dyche as academy coach, and go head to head in the Barclays Premier League for the first time today.

They remain in contact, meeting earlier this year for dinner and sharing occasional text messages since the Clarets won promotion in the summer.

Last term saw both men enjoying the best time of their coaching career, Burnley defying the odds in the Championship and Liverpool falling agonisingly short in an unexpected title bid.

But Carnlough man Rodgers' stock has plummeted in the intervening months, with the Reds sitting 10th having already lost seven times.

Dyche believes however that a sense of perspective helps his case.

"He's got his question marks now but in the grand scheme of things he's a good coach," Dyche said.

"I think overall Brendan's done very, very well, it's just that the demands from last season, going so high, are seemingly making what's happening now look nowhere near as good as before," he said.

"But if you look historically they were middle-ish, having a look at the top then dropping away a little.

"The perception of what they are changes on the fact that last year they went so close to taking it.

"I think it was a fantastic achievement to get so close last year."

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