The majority of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures over the last month have been labelled as the biggest of the season yet few will have justified such a title more so than Sunday’s clash with West Ham.
It arrives as a contest that could well decide the fate of Jurgen Klopp’s men with the Reds two wins away from a place in next season’s Champions League.
Defeat would come as a crushing blow to Liverpool’s pursuit of a top four place and Dejan Lovren is determined to avoid having to experience such a feeling.
“It will definitely be two tough games, especially against West Ham, so it is like a semi-final then a final the last two games,” he told Sky Sports.
“It is like the last 10 metres in the 100 metres run, so you need to be focused and to give everything to finish really well. We need to just concentrate on ourselves.”
“It is always a tough game against West Ham, home or away it is always a big challenge for us. For us, it is like a semi-final and if you want to go to the final, you need to win the next game.”
To fall short at such a late stage would be a devastating way to end a campaign that has given fans countless reasons to be excited about the future of the club.
Sunday is the true test of just how much these players have learnt and not only how talented they are but how tough they are in such intense situations.
Anfield is in need of famous European nights once again and it is up to the players to live up to the old cliché and leave everything they have on the field in aid of delivering this.