Liverpool urged to use Anfield crowd to settle run-in nerves

Date published: Friday 5th May 2017 1:43

Jurgen Klopp believes the Anfield crowd can help Liverpool overcome nerves as the battle for Champions League qualification heats up.

The Reds are in a strong position going down the final stretch, and could take a huge step towards securing a top four finish when they host Southampton this weekend.

However, with Manchester United and Arsenal currently outside of the Champions League berths and looking to exert pressure, Klopp knows nerves could play a part against the Saints.

“There is positive pressure,” he said. “We can go for something. We know about the quality of the opponent. I like watching Southampton.

“Our plan for Sunday is to use Anfield. For some it’s a nervy situation, but we need to be brave, enjoy the game and use the crowd.

“I understand absolutely that people are getting nervous but Anfield is always more than good. What we’re going for is for all of us.”

“There is no club who can waste points at this stage. We all have to fight.

“There is a lot to go for. We’re focused on our race.”

“I like this kind of pressure. Fighting for something really special is the best pressure you can have.”

Klopp also issued an update on the fitness of Philippe Coutinho, saying: “Phil was back running yesterday. He was running a bit like John Achterberg. We can’t be 100% sure but in this moment it looks positive.”

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