Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his side they need to “guarantee a performance level” against relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest to win the game on Saturday,
It has been a terrible season by the Reds’ standards with Klopp’s side currently eighth in the Premier League table with eight matches to play.
Their brilliant 6-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on Monday night has given them a faint hope of qualifying for the Champions League with Liverpool currently nine points adrift of fourth-placed Newcastle United.
Klopp knows Liverpool would probably have to win all of their matches to do that and the German is urging his side to replicate their performance against Leeds versus Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said: “It has been a very average season we have had so far and yet we have had some of our highest results in the in club’s history, which is strange.
“I said after the Leeds game I thought that was the best game we have played this season. It was a very stable performance which is very important and that is what we have to build on.
“I can’t guarantee any kind of result but we have to guarantee a performance level and that is what we have to do now. We have to be ready for not scoring early and all the difficulties you face in a football game and overcome it.
“I saw our plan the whole game against Leeds and that is what we have to do again.”
Klopp added: “The only thing that would give us any kind of chance [to resurrect our season] is by winning an awful lot of games. If we don’t do that that we cannot really talk, but I don’t like to talk about what might happen if we win the next four – it makes no sense. So our focus is on Nottingham.”
Nottingham Forest are winless in their last ten matches with Steve Cooper’s side currently sat in 18th position and in the Premier League relegation zone.
Klopp continued: “It’s about Nottingham Forest. It’s about showing all the respect we have for them. Forest and Steve Cooper are in a difficult situation, they are fighting for their lives and each point they can grab will be massive. If they can get three it will be super massive and that is the team I expect.
“It is the opposite of a friendly game and that’s what we have to be prepared for, but it is at Anfield and we have to use that as well.”
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