JURGEN Klopp has been in the management game long enough to know that nothing can be taken for granted – not even a home match against the second worst team in the league.
You can’t see miserable Middlesbrough, already relegated and deservedly so, putting up any sort of resistance against a Liverpool side who will be rampant and keen to end the season on a high.
But Klopp is not going to allow the difference in stature and league position of the two clubs cloud his judgement or preparation. He won’t be taking battered and bruised Boro lightly. Even if they can’t score for toffee.
We suggest the players adopt the same attitude. And they will. The super-efficient German will not accept any other approach to a game that could secure Champions League football for the first time in three years. Klopp’s first full campaign.
Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 win against a West Ham side put to the sword by Philippe Coutinho – the Reds’player of the season – means they are in third place, behind runners-up Spurs and champions Chelsea.
One point ahead of City and four better than Arsenal, although both teams have a game in hand.
‘Boro have nothing to lose but we have everything to lose’ were Klopp’s words of warning ahead of what should be a formality. Like Arsenal’s home clash with Sunderland tomorrow.
Assuming the Gunners win their last two games – both at the Emirates with Everton coming up last – Liverpool will have to beat Boro to clinch a top four slot.
Klopp will not be taking any chances and says that are not going to ‘be silly’ despite the level of opposition they will be up against. He will be as meticulous as ever; leaving nothing to chance.
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39916545 – Jurgen the German said: “I’ve been in the business long enough to know the biggest mistake is counting points before you have them.
“We won’t do this. The first sentence the boys said in the dressing room – and I didn’t have to say it – was ‘one more game’. We want this Champions League position.”