Few clubs put the fans through the emotions in the same way Liverpool do and it wouldn’t feel quite right were that to have changed in the team’s end of season Champions League run-in.
Anfield will play stage to what is now the most important game of the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they look to secure a place in the Champions League with a win over Middlesbrough.
Final day drama is something both the supporters and the players will have wanted to stear well clear of yet it poses as something Klopp feels he is more than prepared for.
“Have a look at my career, my seasons were always on the last match,” he says. “I would like to change it but obviously it was a part of my life,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I am completely used to working until the last minute, being concentrated until the last minute. Most decisions are made in the last moment.”
“The more you try, the bigger your desire is, the more likely you will have these kind of finals. For me, it is kind of a normal situation.”
“I know how people feel when they go to the stadium, they’re like (gasps and bites his fist) ‘Oh my God, please’ but we have to be smart as well as emotional.”
“We have to be well organised but fluid also. That’s what you have to be in all games.”
Not only is Sunday’s match a decisive contest in Liverpool’s fight for a top four spot, but it is a test of how well the players can approach such a high-pressure situation and, ultimately, whether or not they truly deserve to compete with Europe’s elite sides next season.
Finish the job, Reds.