Jurgen Klopp is no stranger to the biggest stages of all. He led Dortmund to a Champions League final three years ago, and has been involved in numerous pressure-cooker matches, invariably coming out on top.
He knows a thing or two, therefore, about the mentality required to get through these high-stakes games. In a word – bravery.
Now he has urged his squad to show those same qualities when Dortmund visit Anfield for the Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday night.
“It is always about being brave, especially against a high-quality team,” he said (via Echo).
“With each offensive action they have they grow in confidence and you become smaller and smaller so it is really important. Everything can have an influence: on the positive side, negative side.
“You have to be really aware of all the things you have to do and the opportunities you will get if do your job and be brave.”
He is also under no illusions about what’s on offer should we get through:
“It’s a great chance to get to a semi-final,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean it will be easy but we are in with a good chance. We have the ability and the quality to get through to the semi-final.”
He concluded with a word of warning, saying that a wounded Dortmund side would be just as hungry for success:
“They are a strong side and we respect that but I’m sure Thomas Tuchel takes a similar opinion about us. We’re in a position where we’re looking to go further.
“We certainly won’t be flying a white flag. We’re aware of Dortmund’s quality. They can play better but so can we and we may have to do better.
“Dortmund are having a great season. Over the season they have consistently been at the top end of the Bundesliga.
“The type of football they play is very good and there’s no reason why that should suddenly change. We need to be prepared to compete.”