JOE Hart wants to ‘pay back’ the Burnley fans with two strong home performances ahead of tonight’s Turf Moor clash with Liverpool.

The Clarets are without a win in seven games and have slipped into the bottom three of the Premier League table.

The task gets no easier with the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side to East Lancashire, but Hart, who believes Sean Dyche’s side have the confidence and character to climb the table, wants to put on a show for the Clarets faithful tonight and in Saturday’s game with Brighton.

Burnley have generally had a strong home record in the top flight but this season have won only once at Turf Moor and Hart wants that to change.

“This season we need to improve it and give the home fans something to shout about,” he said.

“They turn up and fill Turf Moor regularly and we need to give them a performance.”

Asked if he could understand the fans frustration given recent results, the 31-year-old added: “Of course, the fans don’t kick off when we don’t necessarily win, they stick with the team and I think we all appreciate that, we really do, and it is payback time.

“This team and this town does a lot better when people are smiling and people are seeing that people are working hard and I think that is respected here and that is the least we can do.”

Hart and the Clarets disappointed in defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and the stopper wants to put that right when Liverpool visit, and spark a winter revival.

“Nothing worked for us,” he said of the Selhurst Park loss. “We didn’t move as a group, which this team’s famous for. We didn’t really create enough chances, and we were hanging on for the whole game, which is disappointing especially against a team which was in and around us position-wise.

“We’ve addressed it. We’ve talked about it. But talk’s cheap and sometimes it’s great to have that game on a Wednesday night, a few days later, where we can go out and really give it our all.” On how the Clarets can put things right, Hart added: “I think we’re quite simple in our approach to things. It’s going to be hard work. It’s going to be good-quality shape. It’s going to be creating and taking chances. All the basics.

“We need to be better in all departments. I think that’s a fair assessment. I think we all appreciate that.

“It’s definitely not through lack of effort but the effort and work we’re putting in needs to go in the right direction.

“It needs a slight direction shift. This is a really honest bunch of players, who really leave themselves out on the pitch. That’s not being questioned, but everything else is. We can definitely improve on it,” Hart said.

Liverpool arrive at Turf Moor on the back of a late Merseyside derby victory.

“We’ve just got to be mentally strong and ready,” said Hart. “There are no secrets in the Premier League. We see what a top team we’re playing against, with all sorts of attacking flair, and they’re very solid at the back.

“We can’t lie to ourselves, it’s going to be tough but Burnley have shown through the years that they are more than capable of performing in these kind of games.”