Barr wants repeat of Anfield form
Hearts midfielder Darren Barr is determined to take their Anfield form into their Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Dundee.
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Hearts almost took Liverpool to extra-time in their Europa League play-off when David Templeton struck a late opener, but Luis Suarez equalised to hand the Reds a 2-1 aggregate win.
A young Hearts side emerged with great credit from the two legs though and Barr believes they have given themselves a yardstick for the league form.
The former Falkirk player said: "We have to pick ourselves up. We have set the standards and we have given the fans and our country a show.
"We've gained a bit more respect, maybe, from our own people.
"I think we need to take that into tomorrow's game. That is our league campaign, our bread and butter, so we need to do the business."
Templeton's goal proved one of his last acts for Hearts, the winger signing for Rangers just before the transfer deadline.
But John McGlynn had already signed a replacement in Ryan Stevenson, who returned from Ipswich, and Australia international Ryan McGowan turned down a move to Ibrox.
Despite numerous departures over the summer and only Stevenson coming in, Barr is confident Hearts are strong enough to be in the top echelons of the SPL.
"I think if we take care of ourselves and do things in the right way - we keep looking at our team shape - I don't see why we can't be pushing at the top," he said.
"I don't see why not. We have shown that at times. Sometimes we have come unstuck but we have that undoubted spirit and I don't see why not."
While Hearts were giving Liverpool a fright this week, Dundee were on the receiving end of a shock as they lost to Queen's Park in the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Dundee have yet to score in the SPL this season and sit bottom of the table but Barr said: "There is never an easy game. Especially after that, there will never be an easy game.
"You only get out what you put in. That is the main thing, no matter who you are playing.
"We want to kick on from it now and do it in the league as well."