Liverpool’s players have adopted a cup final mentality ahead of Sunday’s crunch game with Middlesbrough and it is honestly starting to feel like a trophy is at stake.
The focus and the determination on show typifies just how important this game is for the club with a win posing as all that stands between Liverpool and a place in next season’s Champions League.
It is an opportunity for the Reds to take a significant step forward under Jurgen Klopp and somewhat consolidate their place as true competitors amongst the top sides in the Premier League.
Adam Lallana has stressed the importance of his side approaching the game as it did in last week’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham and remaining patient if things don’t happen straight away.
“There was huge pressure at West Ham last weekend, especially after the other results the day before. But what I liked was that there was a real calmness around the group. We showed great professionalism with the way we approached it,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“There was the right balance in terms of being up for the game but not getting carried away and I’ve felt the same this week. We know the job this weekend and we trust ourselves to do it.”
“It’s important we don’t get restless if a goal doesn’t come in the first 15 to 20 minutes. At West Ham we didn’t get the breakthrough until 35 minutes. We need to trust our ability.”
“The supporters know their job. They aren’t stupid, we don’t need to build them up for the weekend. They know there’s a lot riding on it. I’m sure they’ll stay patient like we have to as players.We want to do it for them.”
One final 90 minutes of the drive, fight, non-stop running and attacking excellence is all that is needed. It’s time for Klopp’s men to be brave again and finish the job.
Bring those famous European nights back to Anfield, Reds.