Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, claims that his side don’t need any ‘special motivation’ against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
- Arsenal will be rooting for Boro on Sunday
- Need Liverpool to draw or Manchester City to lose
- Gunners likely to finish in fifth for first time in over two decades
- Klopp claims there’s no difference between this game or any other
Liverpool host Middlesbrough for their final clash of the Premier League season on Sunday and considering that Boro have already been relegated to the Championship, Arsenal fans won’t be holding out much hope for a result.
If Boro can manage to take points off the Reds at Anfield, despite having nothing to gain, the Gunners could clinch a Champions League spot next season… but it looks very unlikely.
Speaking ahead of the match, Klopp claimed that his team will approach the match like any other despite Divock Origi recently describing the game as being ‘like a final’.
“I don’t think we need different kinds of descriptions for this game, so it’s a ‘cup final’ or a ‘World Cup final’ or that it’s the most important game of however many years and everything,” he said.
“It is a football game. If we really – and I know we do – expected from ourselves that in each game we win the game, what is the difference?
“We always have this kind of pressure; that we want to win the game, that we have to do the right things, we have to defend well, we have to be good organisationally, we have to create chances and we have to score goals.
“So that is not a big difference and I don’t think that anybody needs this special motivation or whatever.
“In the end, we have to play football and I am really happy I have a team able to do this.”
Arsenal host Everton on Sunday but even a win won’t be enough to finish in the top four if Manchester City beat Leicester and Liverpool win against Boro.