Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool will face an “all or nothing” night as they seek to reach the Champions League knockout stages.
Liverpool are on the top of Group E and will be going against Spartak Moscow at Anfield tonight. They will need to win against Spartak in order to progress in the Champions League.
Klopp acknowledges that while they sit in pole position that there is no room for error in a tight group and plans for his team to do the job.
“A proper ‘final’. All or nothing,” Klopp said.
“We know about the situation. They know about the situation.
“It is Champions League. It is always important but the last game of the group stage is most important if you have to play for something, which we obviously have.
“You only play the group stage as Liverpool to come through to the last 16. We all know if we do then we have a chance to reach the next round, but first, we have to make it.
“It is a tight group. We had some influence on that. We played good games and had good results but not enough points to go through already. Now we have to finish the job.”
“Form is always the last game. We have to show up again and do all that stuff again,” the Liverpool manager said.
“There is pressure. We cannot ignore it. We are going for something big.
“We had it against Middlesbrough (to secure a top-four place on the final day of last season) and Hoffenheim (in the play-off round). We did it quite well so far and have to do it again.
“It is a tight group. We had some influence on that. We played good games and had good results but not enough points to go through already and now we have to finish the job.
“It is always important but the last game of the group stage is most important if you have to play for something, which we obviously have. It is exciting.”
“Spartak is a good side. I cannot ignore that. They rested three or four players in the last game and still won. You can see.
“They have one more game and then three months’ break. They have their targets and we have ours.
“They are bringing back three important players – Quincy Promes, Ze Luis and Denis Glushakov. That is a fantastic side in a good moment.
“If someone has decided we are already through, then Moscow may think of the impressive win versus Sevilla.
“I see this as an opportunity. I don’t know if I can order it, but if I could order it this would be a good moment for Anfield to be at its best.”