Jurgen Klopp spoke of his confidence in his side’s abilities ahead of the Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow tomorrow night at Anfield.
He also spoke highly of his side’s chances of topping Group E with a win against the Russians on home soil.
The Reds head into tomorrow’s clash in fine form, having beaten both Brighton & Hove Albion and Stoke City away, scoring eight goals in the process and conceding only one.
The German said his side should take nothing for granted though, and that they have to be at the top of their game in order to reach their goal.
Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team in their group, with two wins and three draws, and are one of only six teams that have made it to the final group stage game without a loss.
Tomorrow is a very important match for us. I don’t want to make it bigger than it is but it is very big. With all the things around, with all the excitement and uncertainty before a game, and all the opportunities in the game, I am really happy about this opportunity.
The Reds missed the chance to qualify on Matchday 5, having gone up 3-0 at half time against Sevilla but somehow managed to squander that lead to drop two points at the end.
First of all, there is absolutely no reason to think about that; I cannot think before each game about a 3-0 lead and then that the other team will come back. I said it already in Seville, probably if we had been 3-0 up at Anfield then it would not have happened.
Finally, Klopp offered encouraging news about both Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez, both fit and ready to take their place in the squad on Wednesday.
Yes, it looks like they are ready. They were in training yesterday and did the full stuff and that was good. We didn’t do a lot, it was a bridge day, but what we did they could do. They looked both really well.
On the other hand, he revealed that Adam Lallana will not be included in the squad, having previously said he’s in contention. He said that the midfielder is fit, yet needs to build up his fitness.
No, Adam will not be in the squad for this game tomorrow, but he is on a very good way. That’s what we thought actually the whole time, and we want to build him up with his fitness and all that stuff.
The Reds host Everton on Sunday, after which they’ll also host West Bromwich Albion during the midweek round of Premier League fixtures.