Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield in the Premier League on Monday night and Jurgen Klopp has expressed delight to have his greatest asset available for the game. The Reds have not played at Anfield since the 1 nil win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, a game in which Klopp and his entire first-team played no part.
The last time the senior squad played at Anfield was in the 4 nil routing of Southampton. Jurgen Klopp wrote on the matchday program: ‘What will be critical for us this evening is the support from our greatest asset of all – the Anfield crowd,’
‘It’s a Monday night and it’s under the lights. It’s been a break since we were all here last and I think that adds to the hunger.
‘But most important is that our supporters recognize just how much we need them. They have played a huge role in giving us the base we have currently. Now – like the players – it’s about upping the game for the decisive period.
‘Anfield will be ready to perform, as they and the team have done until now, to the highest level imaginable.
‘Tonight is a good time I think to show the hunger we have collectively to achieve things at the end of this season. We all recognise there is work to do – lots of work to do. We can only affect and impact the next game.’
He went on to downplay the UEFA Champions League 1 nil loss to Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last week, adding that there was very little wrong with his side’s performance on the night.
‘I could not fault for a second the attitude and application of the team in Madrid last Tuesday,’ he continued.
‘The intensity of our performance was really pleasing and I told that to the boys.
‘There was nothing from last week that should set us back. We should look at it the other way. An opportunity to immediately strike back. We have a talented opponent coming to our home and they want to leave with the win.
‘This is enough motivation. I will be happy if we take this approach into the match tonight. We’ll need to be at our very best – we know that.’
West Ham have a gargantuan task on their hands. They currently sit 18th in the Premier League while a win for the Reds will see them go 22 points clear and a step close to the 2019/20 Premier League title triumph.