Date: 13th March 2017 at 11:57am
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Burnley youngster Dan Agyei was handed his debut at Liverpool when the striker came off the bench in the 89th minutes of the 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

Sean Dyche has insisted his involvement in the Premier League game – as Liverpool came from behind after Ashley Barnes’ earlier opener for Burnley to win – wasn’t ‘any gimmick’ as Agyei deserved his chance.

However, making a Premier League bow at Anfield wasn’t a bad start. This involvement was warranted from his performances during his recent loan spell with Coventry and actions on the training ground.

Explaining his decision to bring Agyei on Dyche told the Official Website.

‘I was wanting to get him on. We would have maybe got him on for a few minutes more, not for any gimmick, but because he deserves the right. He has been training with the group and training really hard and showing us signs and glimpses of what he’s about. He’s a young man and to make his Premier League debut here at Anfield is not a bad start.’

Agyei was signed from Wimbledon in 2015 with the 19 year old an unused substitute in the previous two league game. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to have a Roy of the Rovers moment and inspire an equaliser at Anfield.

Having made his debut the striker was obviously delighted but disappointed by the defeat with Agyei now looking to kick on with further involvement – and hopefully goals – between now and the end of the season.

The teenager added.

‘It was a great experience for me to make my debut. It’s just disappointing not to get a result. It’s a massive step forward and hopefully I can kick on. I just need to keep training hard, try and get as many minutes as possible and hopefully score some goals.’

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