Jurgen Klopp has issued one last rallying cry ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League decider against Middlesbrough at Anfield.
The German has urged his team to see the task through and earn the win that will see the Reds secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
“There is one overriding message today: finish the job. When you see a finish line you should sprint. That is what we intend to do. Nothing is concluded. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing assumed. We know what’s at stake and what is needed to achieve it,” wrote Klopp in his notes for ‘This is Anfield’, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com.
“Last week, at full-time against West Ham, I walked into a dressing room not celebrating but already talking about the importance of today’s game. All the players and staff were already focused on what this game today would mean for us. The focus was on the job to do, not what might be. I really loved this attitude.”
“These players have the attitude, character and talent to do what is required.”
If such gifted footballers can’t overcome this Middlesbrough team at home, then there is a case for the idea they don’t deserve to be in the Champions League.
They have the ability to be far superior in every department and every aspect of the game, which is perhaps why fans are so understandably nervous heading into the contest. Have the players learned anything from their three game winless run at Anfield? Supporters will find out very shortly.
For Klopp’s men to now waste an opportunity that is in their hands and to fall short on the final day of the season would be a cruel blow to a campaign in which Liverpool have been excellent at times.
One more game, Reds.