Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to Arsenal ahead of Saturday night’s Premier League clash.
The two sides are currently just four points apart in the Premier League table, and the margin for error when it comes to European qualification is getting smaller by the game.
It might not be a must-win for either side, though it is close for Arsenal, who are currently six points off the top six heading into the final straight.
But this does feel as though it might be a must-not-lose with the Gunners slipping away from sixth and Liverpool’s hopes of chasing fourth place slipping away.
And that need to not slip up is very much reflected in Reds boss Klopp’s pre-match press conference when he sent a clear warning to Mikel Arteta and his men.
“We don’t have a lot of points to waste any more but we have a tough programme on top of that, not only in the Premier League but the Champions League as well,” he said.
“We will not hesitate, we will just go for it and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”
Klopp added: “It is always a challenge for teams after the international break, with players coming back from their countries having played different systems and different match plans.
“We have one session to bring it all together again and that’s a challenge but we are used to it.
“There is no guarantee it works but we will go for it. Whoever plays away at Arsenal should not expect to have the points already.
“We know whatever we want for the rest of the season we can only get it if we win football games, and the first one is tomorrow night at Arsenal.
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“It is a tough one but it should be a tough one for Arsenal as well. That is my intention, to make sure we are exactly the sort of opponent Arsenal doesn’t want to face this week.
“We have to put up a proper fight out there and defend at our absolutely top level, and if we do that we have a chance. If not, not.”