Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool simply ‘have to win’ as he anticipates an ‘intense’ game against Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.
Liverpool travel to face their north west rivals on Sunday in need of three points to keep alive their Champions League hopes, the Reds currently four points adrift of the top four with just five games of the season remaining.
Disappointing draws with Leeds and Newcastle have left the Premier League champions facing a difficult task to secure Champions League football, with Klopp admitting his side must be prepared ahead of a huge clash at Old Trafford.
“Whatever situation you are in, when you are a Liverpool player or manager, this is the game,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s the best place to go after watching them score five in one half. A lot of things can happen, we just need to make sure we are ready for it.”
Klopp was then asked if it was a must-win game in their quest to be playing amongst Europe’s elite next season: “More than 100 per cent,” he insisted.
“Even if the others all win then nothing changed really for us. But without winning football games, we will not end up in any kind of European competition. For us everything is clear, we have to win.”
Klopp says he is expecting an ‘intense’ game against a United side who will arrive into the clash in confident mood, having overturned a half-time deficit to thrash Roma 6-2 in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit second in the Premier League at present, though defeat for the Red Devils could see Manchester City crowned as champions if the league leaders win at Crystal Palace a day earlier.
“Of course, a very tough game, a very intense game hopefully for both teams,” he added.
“We could see last night Man United playing and they are good, especially after [a] half-time talk. It looks like they were really flying. So, it’s a tough one but whatever it means for other clubs, I have no idea.
“I didn’t know until you told me now, actually, I thought City is already champion – not mathematically, I know. But, of course, strange things can happen in football and I’m pretty sure United believe still in their chance and that’s good.
“So it will be a game where two teams try to win it – this is a good start for a football game, I would say. Actually, both teams have to win it, which is a good recipe for a good game as well, so let’s see what we can make of that.”