Michael Keane is set to clock up a half-century of Premier League appearances at Liverpool on Sunday.
And the classy Clarets’ defender is looking forward to the chance to further underline his top-flight credentials against one of the Premier League heavyweights.
“It seems to have gone quick. I didn’t know I’d played that much,” said Keane, who played once in the Premier League for Manchester United before joining Burnley in August, 2014.
“I feel like I’ve grown a lot, more in confidence than anything else, knowing you belong at this level and playing against this standard of players.
“Games like the weekend you have to relish and challenge yourself. These are the games you want to play in as a footballer and if you come through and do well you’re proving to yourself and to others that you’re good enough for these challenges.
“I’m happy with how it’s gone but I’ve still got a lot of learning to do and hopefully I can keep kicking on.”
Keane’s form this season has earned him a place in England’s last two senior squads and the 24-year-old will be hoping to get the nod again when boss Gareth Southgate names his party next Thursday for games against Germany and Lithuania.
First, though, his sights are set on trying to help the Clarets write a new chapter in their history with a first win at Anfield since 1974.
Andre Gray scored his first Premier League goal in the Clarets’ 2-0 win over Liverpool
Victory and a first away win of the season would also give Burnley a first double over the Reds since 1929/30, having beaten Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-0 at Turf Moor in August in what Keane feels was a landmark result.
“It was massive for us,” he added.
“I think it gave us the confidence to kick on. Last time in the Premier League it took 10 games to get the first win and that was only the second game.
“Our two strikers scored the goals, we kept a clean sheet so it couldn’t have gone better in many ways.
“We came off the pitch really happy and it gave us the momentum and started our good run of home form. It’s been good ever since, so I think that was a big step for us.”
Sean Dyche’s side is half way through a four-match run of away games going into the up-coming international break after the Liverpool fixture was reversed earlier in the season as re-development work at Anfield was completed.
The Merseysiders are fourth in the Premier League as they chase a Champions League spot but Keane is undaunted by the statistics as the 12th-placed Clarets look to build on their own decent position.
“No away game in the Premier League is easy, especially going to places like Anfield,” he said.
“It’s going to be difficult but we go there with belief that we can get a result, as we do every away game. It’s just not happened for us yet.
“It’s a great place to go and play so we’ll be up for it and everyone is really determined to get over this away form.
“We don’t really talk about it too much anymore. We have got a lot of points on the board. We’ve done well and no matter how they come, they’ve come our way.
“But it’s still in the back of our heads and we’re desperate to put it right.”