Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of his side hosting Man City at Anfield for a Champions League quarter-final tie tomorrow night.
Klopp was asked how the game will compare against other historic nights at Anfield, and he said: “I like all these things, they are really cool, but this is club is already so full of history and we have to write our own history.
“Everyone knows pretty much everything; I meet people throughout the day and they can tell me each goal Liverpool scored 37 years ago in the 56th minute. There are maybe 10 players who did it and they can say their names. That’s all good and I like it, but for this team we need to be proud of our history but we have to create our own history.
“I did it a lot in the past with my former teams. Dortmund had a lot of history, of course, but we did it before a cup game or whatever.
“At one point, you need to do your own things. The boys are ready and they’re really looking forward to it; you could see it immediately after the last game and after the draw. We are ready for it, but in the end it will remain difficult.”
Tomorrow night’s game is absolutely huge. Liverpool welcome soon to be crowned Premier League champions Man City to Anfield, in a game that fans will be hoping is right up there with some of the other famous nights in the club’s history.
Klopp was asked if this game is the biggest game he has been involved in since joining Liverpool, and he said: “That depends on the game, I can’t say that now. I don’t think it’s for me to judge about that. I take all games 100 per cent and don’t make a difference.
“If you prepare for a game like the games against City and Tottenham for example, it’s always really exciting because you have to be 100 per cent concentrated … and it’s just different and I like it, a lot.
“But in the end is it bigger or not? It depends on the result in the end. The importance is big, big, big but in the Champions League, in the end one team will be happy and all the rest, who had good moments in the Champions League, will be disappointed because they went out in the semi-finals, or the quarters, or the last 16 or lost the final.
“There is no reason to make the game bigger than it is – it is a big one, it is a quarter-final in the Champions League, so no need for any other things.”
Liverpool will be hoping to win the game and head to the Etihad with a good result for next week’s second leg.
The Reds will be without Joel Matip for the game, as it was confirmed that the defender will be out for the rest of the season. They will also be without Adam Lallana, who will miss a few weeks but could see some game-time before the season is up.
Nathaniel Clyne is back fit, but hasn’t had any game time at all, so is short of match fitness. Klopp said he thinks the game could come too soon for Emre Can, but the midfielder could be available for Saturday’s game against Everton or next week’s second leg with City. Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are still out.