Prior to that, however, they take on a Chelsea side in pole position to seal a top-four finish, following a good first season under Frank Lampard.
How would you assess Chelsea‘s season overall?
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, to be honest.
If you had told me at the start of the season that with two games remaining we would be third, in an FA Cup final and gone through the first stage of the Champions League, all after losing Eden Hazard, having a transfer ban and a new manager playing a lot of the academy players, I would have bitten your hand off.
That said, there has been plenty of frustration, too.
We have had a terrible habit of losing to the smaller teams and our defending has been very poor throughout—there’s plenty of room for improvement.
If we do secure a top-four finish and win the FA Cup then I think the season would have to be hailed as a huge success.
Do you still have ultimate faith in Lampard?
Absolutely. Anyone questioning him as a manager or calling for him to leave simply doesn’t understand football.
He has been given an incredibly hard job with no money to spend and no Hazard to bail us out.
He needs lots of time and a few transfer windows to mould the team how he wants and stamp his personality down.
The fans are completely behind the style of football he is trying to play and that in itself has been something to enjoy after suffering watching ‘Sarriball’ last season.
Frank Lampard is one of our own and Chelsea fans will back him all the way.
Is a title push out of the question next year?
Yes, I think so.
Even with the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech coming in, which will add huge quality, I still feel like we are some way off challenging for the Premier League title.
You can’t ignore the points gaps between us, Liverpool and Man City.
I think we will get better, but players will take time to gel and rivals like Man United and City will undoubtedly continue to spend huge sums, which we haven’t been able to compete with in recent seasons.
Who have been Chelsea’s best and worst performers this season?
It says something when I can’t think of one player who has really shone for us but can think of plenty who haven’t.
Other Chelsea fans would probably slate me for it, but I actually think Willian has been very solid and performed consistently well.
He has been our main source of creativity and despite his contract saga off the field, his effort levels can’t be questioned.
In terms of worst performers, you can take your pick from any of the following: Kepa, Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley.
It has been astounding how many times Christensen, in particular, has started this season.
He will make a big mistake every game and it often gets punished, but for some reason he keeps getting in the team and gets an easy ride from the pundits.
He has only been dropped in the last couple of games, but I am honestly not sure if he is Cheltenham standard, let alone good enough for Chelsea.
Where does this Liverpool side rank among the best you’ve seen in your lifetime?
It’s the best Liverpool team from memory in my lifetime.
The team that had Luis Suarez was very good—mainly because of him—but this team has quality distributed throughout the field from front to back.
In terms of whether it’s one of the best teams I’ve seen in my lifetime overall? Not a chance.
I think there have been title-winning sides from Chelsea, City—particularly the form shown last season—and United that have been stronger.
Liverpool fans won’t like hearing it, but nobody other than themselves thinks this could be the best title-winning team ever.
To be in that category they need to now go on and prove it by winning another Premier League title and continue dominating the competition.
Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game, who do you fear most for the Reds?
I’m always worried about our defence playing against Liverpool’s front three and it will be no different on Wednesday.
Crosses sent in from Trent Alexander-Arnold will also be a concern, given our vulnerability in that area.
Where do you see the key battles taking place?
Olivier Giroud vs. Virgil van Dijk will be a great battle.
Giroud is bang in form and arguably the best hold-up striker in the league.
He has done well previously against Van Dijk and I’m expecting them both to be very physical, with Van Dijk always within touching distance to stop the cute layoffs and flick-ons from Giroud.
At the other end, Kurt Zouma seems to have nailed down a starting spot and is performing well.
He is an old-fashioned style of defender who relies on his physicality and is all-or-nothing in the challenge.
I wonder if Roberto Firmino might make him look a bit silly with his clever changes of pace and footwork with the ball.
They are two very different kinds of player, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Finally, hit us with your prediction…
I will go for 2-2.
I expect Liverpool to be slightly off the pace following their title win and we will be full of confidence after beating United in the FA Cup.
I am expecting it to be a very open game with lots of attacking from both sides.