Liverpool have had some epic Anfield days over the past decade, such as the Manchester City win in 2013/14 and the Real Madrid battering in 2008/09, but Jurgen Klopp wants the Kop to be the noisiest it’s been in that time – at home to West Brom today!
With Manchester United losing yesterday, we can go to within three points of fourth place with a win, which it would be fair to expect against Tony Pulis’s uninspiring outfit.
“It is close to Christmas and people are maybe concentrating on other things. But when we come together on Sunday we should all be prepared for a very special moment,” Klopp told the pre-match press conference – cited in the Echo.
“Maybe we can create the best atmosphere in the last 10 years.
“I am only able to prepare the team for this. If we have to play against doubts, then it is difficult.
“Maybe we can make it a very special atmosphere.
“Like all things in life, you can wait for the moment or you can create the moment. And hopefully we can create the moment on Sunday.
“I’m always close to a good atmosphere in myself. If other people can join us in this, then that would be cool.”
The German’s comments indicate that he’s once again looking for more from the Anfield crowd. Our home performances under his guidance have not been nearly as impressive as some of his away ones – and Klopp feels like the team will be able to build better early momentum with ferocious, noisy support.
Of course, it’s also his players’ responsibility to help get the fans off their feet, and an early goal will no doubt do wonders today.
Coutinho is back, and the Brazilian will boost our creativity in the final third tenfold. It’ll be interesting to see which of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe he chooses to select with our best player.