Rarely have so many of Liverpool’s games being labelled as the club’s ‘biggest of the season’ with Sunday’s showdown the latest to adopt that very title.
Arsenal’s win over Sunderland in their game in hand ensured the race for Champions League qualification would go down to the last day, thereby making this weekend’s fixture the ‘cup final’ many expected it would be.
Anfield will play stage to Liverpool’s clash with an already relegated Middlesbrough, in which a win will see the Reds consolidate a top four spot.
Divock Origi has shed light on the mentality heading into the decisive finale, remaining confident that his team can finish the job by replicating the performance at the London Stadium.
“It will be like a final so we will give it everything. We just have to continue playing our game and I think if we show the same attitude as at West Ham we have a big chance of doing this,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have worked hard all season to reach a goal and that was to finish the highest possible. We had two games left before West Ham. We have won the first and now we will give it everything in the second, so we will be at home which is very good and I think we can go with a lot of belief and a lot of confidence.”
“[At West Ham] you could feel that we were all together and we just gave everything, we showed our quality and I think everybody enjoyed the game. We know we have the offensive qualities so we showed it in the end when we scored four goals.”
To fall short at this late stage would be a cruel blow to a season that has seen Liverpool produce plenty of memorable moments and emphatic displays.
An opportunity for the club to test itself against Europe’s elite clubs beckons, as does the chance to make significant progress under Jurgen Klopp.
Securing Champions League football is something Liverpool need and it’s up to the players to be brave, hold their nerve and deliver what they primarily set out to do at the beginning of the season.