‘This is the game’, claims Liverpool boss Jurgen KloppNovember 21, 2017
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hyped up the game against Sevilla, saying Tuesday evening’s Champions League meeting ‘is the game’.
The English side top Group E on eight points, whilst the Andalusian hosts sit in second place, making the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan a mouth watering fixture.
Whilst, Jurgen Klopp’s men could qualify with a draw should Spartak Moscow lose; Sevilla know a win only will see them through to the next round.
Eduardo Berizzo’s side head into the game having lost just one of their last four, coming against Barcelona before the international break at the Camp Nou.
Liverpool are in similar form, having won four matches in a row after beating Southampton at the weekend and Klopp has looked ahead to the game against the La Liga side.
“In the group stage you cannot choose where you get the points from but when you get to the end the more decisive games are,” the German boss told reporters.
“It felt quite average when we conceded a goal at home to Sevilla [to draw 2-2 at Anfield] and if we had not conceded this goal the situation would have been even better.
“This is ‘the’ game, against Sevilla in Seville. They are a very experienced football-playing team and that’s the Champions League.
“The atmosphere here is really famous and it is our job to make the game not that enjoyable – other teams try it when they come to Anfield.
“I have played twice here with two teams – Mainz and Dortmund – and it [the atmosphere] depends on the performance.
“But we are not here to enjoy the atmosphere, we are here to get a result.”
Defender Joel Matip is unavailable for the visitors through a groin problem, but striker Danny Ings have been included, despite only featuring once this season.
For the hosts, defensive pairing Daniel Carriço and Nico Pareja are both sidelined for tonight’s match while Simon Kjaer is expected to start at centre-back in place of Johannes Geis.
Wissam Ben Yedder is expected to lead the line after good form in the competition this season.