But Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool can inject some much needed life into a one-sided race for the Premier League title against Chelsea tomorrow.
If the motivation is more necessity than altruism given Liverpool’s current plight nobody will much care, least of all Klopp.
The Liverpool boss just needs something to hang on to with his team in a tailspin in January with just one win in eight and with the possibility of falling 13 points behind Chelsea tonight.
But yesterday he suggested that Liverpool with their backs to the wall at home could be just the ticket to revive a title battle that is in danger of flat-lining. “Victory for us would obviously make the league that little bit more exciting for a lot of people,” he said. “I think a lot of teams in the league will be on our side which maybe doesn’t happen too often.
Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool to try everything to get three points
Liverpool have won just one of their last eight matches
“But for us three points and getting back in a positive way is very, very important. More than that, wee have to try everything to keep these three points.” Liverpool are one of just three teams to have inflicted defeat on Chelsea this season, winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in September.
A repeat tonight would see Klopp’s men not only pull out of their nosedive but keep the gap between them and Antonio Conte’s men at seven points.
Conversely, defeat for Liverpool not only kill off their title chances but damage their hopes of holding on to a top four spot as well.
Klopp has repeatedly insisted this season is a stepping stone for general progress with his work at Anfield a long-term project. However he is realistic enough to realise the urgency of their current situation.
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“It is important for us to come into the position where we are the team. At the moment, we are one of a few, which is [at least] better than not being one of them.
“But we have to stay in the race now and we have to stay on track now because there is still a lot to go for. We need the points and we cannot waste time or points any more.
“Nobody thought we would change everything in a second in a season where Chelsea plays like the stars from the sky and nobody wins every game in their life.
“But the players and the coaching side know how to play Chelsea and that is good.” He added: “In this game a lot of things will not work because you cannot come through always against Chelsea, it’s absolutely impossible. But it would help if the stadium was positive.” Liverpool may not have beaten Chelsea at Anfield since 2012 but did manage to get the better of them in September in the reverse fixture.
Chelsea are 10 points above Liverpool in the league table
And the fans will heartened to see Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip at the heart of defence and Adam Lallana, James Milner and Jordan Henderson all back after being rested at the weekend.
Klopp maintains his faith in his first choice XI remains strong despite a miserable month.
“You have to use the bad moments to prepare for the good moments,” he said. “Even when you have too many bad moments. It is no problem for me to stay positive. Yes I am disappointed and frustrated game but there is another game and you need the right mood for it.
“I believe 100% it makes you more of a winner if you are looking forward to winning and not worrying about losing. And we can win the next game.” He will not be alone in hoping his players make good on that faith tomorrow.