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Liverpool game is no pressure for us - Clough.

BURTON manager Nigel Clough insists the Brewers' forthcoming matches against Liverpool and Derby are nowhere near as daunting as a "torturous" trip to Doncaster last season.

A big week for Albion begins tonight when they host Liverpool in the EFL Cup, before Clough's former club Derby visit the Pirelli Stadium in the league on Friday evening.

Burton - a non-league side just seven years ago - have experienced a rapid rise to compete at Championship level for the first time in their history.

Clough's team needed to avoid defeat at Doncaster in their final match of last term in order to clinch automatic promotion.

Nigel Clough With nearest rivals Walsall leading 5-0 at Port Vale, the pressure was intense, but Burton got the point they required courtesy of a goalless draw.

Clough, who spent two and a half years as a player at Liverpool between 1993 and 1996, said: "Obviously there's no such thing as a free game because you want to win and get through, but this is as close as it gets for us.

"Playing Liverpool and Derby this week is not pressure for us.

"Having to get a point away at Doncaster to win promotion - that is pressure. It was torturous.

"This is a brilliant week for the club, not a crucial week.

Clough added: "It's 10 years since we played Manchester United in the FA Cup so these games don't come around very often for us."

"Ask our supporters.

Never in their wildest dreams did they believe they'd be playing teams like this."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Aug 23, 2016
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