Jürgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool side to “go for it” as they face Tottenham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool return from the international break with just seven Premier League games to go, knowing full well they may need to win every single game from here on in to lift the title.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side, on the other hand, make the trip to Merseyside with three three defeats in their last four league games as they look to keep their place in the top four.
Spurs are set to move into their highly-anticipated new stadium on 3rd April and Klopp is aware the feel-good atmosphere around the club is still there, despite recent defeats.
“I think there are exciting times for Tottenham,” he told reporters. “I saw only pictures of it [the stadium] and it looks pretty impressive. They obviously can look forward to that.
“After Tottenham played their last game three weeks ago, I don’t think anybody feels any defeat from three weeks ago.
“We expect the strongest Tottenham you can expect because I heard nothing about any injury problems or whatever. They had a few over the season but not in the moment, so there will be a strong side here. A world-class team will be here.
“Even without preparing the game – what we did now in the last week, of course – we saw the Champions League games, we saw Tottenham playing, so it’s a very good football team – unfortunately very good!”
It’s likely to be a close affair at Anfield as two impressive sides meet each other, however Klopp urged his side to believe in themselves to get over the line.
“I would say their skills are similarly important, their attitude is very important, character is very important. But believing in something makes it more likely to happen, 100 per cent,” he said.
“But the problem is I’m pretty sure Manchester City believes as well, so one will be disappointed at the end of the season. That’s how it is.
“But let’s go for it. Nobody knows what will be [on May 12], but we try everything to make it a big day for us.”
“Yesterday they were all in training, all three pretty much the first full session,” he told reporters at Melwood.
“We have to see how they react, it was no other alternative for Shaq and Trent, not being involved in the games in that period.
“Anything else would have been really crazy. They needed the treatment, rehab.
“Joe was back yesterday after 15 weeks—what a long time eh? But it looked really good.
“[These are] early stages. He’s really now adapting again to proper football training, after having obviously thousands of rehab sessions.
“They should all be OK, I heard nothing different this morning, [they will] train again today and we will see.”