Sean Dyche continues to impress in charge at Turf Moor, and if Liverpool aren’t switched on, they could come unstuck against awkward opponents.
How would you assess Burnley’s season?
We’ve truly had the full spectrum of emotions this season.
Losing to teams who we would expect to be taking points off because of low-energy performances, brief defensive collapses or strikers who couldn’t buy a goal at times has been balanced by massive wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.
Throw into that a takeover saga that ran on from the start of the season until the New Year and it’s been quite a campaign.
We’ve all missed being able to dissect all this in person on the terraces each week.
Are you still fully behind Sean Dyche?
Absolutely. I think the tension last summer between him and the board showed many fans who it was that was holding us back in the transfer market.
While Dyche’s stubbornness to change a side that is failing to perform can be frustrating to watch, when you stand back and look at the bigger picture of a whole season, or a few seasons, you’d be hard pushed to find someone who still thought he should move on and that we could find someone who could do better with what we have.
His obvious disinterest in cup runs is really starting to grate, though!
Who have been Burnley’s top three players in 2020/21?
There have been standout performances all over the park at different times this season, but our one constant, barring a couple of games out injured, has been Nick Pope in goal.
He has been immense at times, consistently good at his job and quite rightly giving Gareth Southgate a selection headache ahead of the Euros.
Chris Wood went through quite a barren spell earlier in the season, but once he starts scoring he usually keeps going, and we’ve seen that again as he has hit over 10 goals for the fourth season running.
He is one of only six Premier League attackers to manage this, so any critics of his can’t argue that that isn’t a great return for just £15 million.
Dwight McNeil has again been fantastic on occasions this season – the brief injury break partway through seemed to give him the chance to reset and he came back better for it.
Have any individuals been poor?
As I said earlier, we have seen some poor team performances, particularly in the first five or six games and in spells against Fulham, West Brom and Brighton in February, when we had a golden chance to pull clear of the relegation battle.
Our strikers have had difficult spells when they struggled to find the net, with Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Barnes both having seasons to forget overall.
Hopefully, the squad as a whole will come back stronger after a proper break and pre-season this time around.
Switching our attention to Liverpool, why do you think this season has been a struggle?
Multiple key injuries early on properly derailed Liverpool‘s title defence.
They clearly struggled to cope with it psychologically, as we saw with the incredible run of poor home form which started with our historic win on that night in January.
Do you think they will secure a top-four finish?
Liverpool arguably have the easier run-in on paper, with ourselves and Palace both safe, coupled with the fact that Leicester and Chelsea have to face each other and so can’t both get six points from their last two games.
With the title and relegation sewn up, all eyes will be on this battle for the Champions League.
Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game, who scares you most for Liverpool?
It is always hard to look past your front three, even though they’ve found things difficult this year. Mo Salah is still up there for the Golden Boot.
Hitting us on the break when we don’t have our shape and two banks of four behind the ball will be the Reds’ best chance of securing a win.
Where will the key battles take place at Turf Moor?
Our strikers will be keen to test your less experienced centre-back pairing, with plenty of pressing and a good physical battle.
McNeil had Trent tied up in knots at times at Anfield, so that will also be intriguing to watch again, while our midfield terriers of Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill will keep your midfield trio busy all night…hopefully!
Finally, hit us with your prediction…
The reality of this fixture is that Burnley are safe and have a reputation for letting the intensity drop in the final games of a season, while Liverpool know that six points will see them qualify for the Champions League.
The only unknown quantity is that there will be 3,500 Clarets fans on the Turf for the first time in 15 months and they will be wanting to make it sound like a full house and show their team how much they missed supporting them in person, and thank them for managing to get over the line in this difficult season.
I think we could see another tight game, with the Reds sealing the win late on. I’ll say 3-1.