Jurgen Klopp has not let his ‘one game at a time’ mindset shift in any way having warned his players about the importance of Tuesday’s clash with Stoke.
The German has been sure to address concerns he had over his side’s approach to next week’s game given how it falls between a dramatic and hard-fought Merseyside derby win and a crucial meeting with Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s like if your parents have three kids and you are the middle one. Stoke is a little bit between Everton and Manchester City – the second child if you want.”
“Probably a lot of people think we already have the points and we have to do it differently, but it’s the most important game of the whole season and that’s because we have no other game to play.”
“It’s not important when they beat us last time, it’s not important which kind of history is around this game or not. I don’t care.”
“This is the only thing we have to do on December 27. That’s what we really want to have.”
There have been no signs so far this season to suggest the players are in any way prone to turning their attention to a match beyond their next opponents.
Klopp’s desire to ensure his men don’t lost focus is understandable but we are confident the players will produce the energy levels and the fight capable of seeing them through.
Despite Monday’s incredible derby win, there is still a lot for the team to improve on and Stoke pose as the next opportunity to put this into action.
We have no doubts that the players will be ready to go again in a few days time.