To be or not to be, To win And nothing else
An important game tonight for the Reds , a win should put us on a better position to finish on top of the groupe, but no team is slakk in the champions league and the gaffer is aware more than anyone of the situation, and for this he wrote in his column in the official matchday programme by Liverpoolfc:
“There is work for us to do tonight and we cannot and must not have our focus anywhere but here. We must be in the moment.
“We saw just how tight the group was last season. The very last kick of the very last group game could have put us out. If you for even half-a-second lose sight of how hard this competition is and how precious each and every point is, trust me, we will not have the experiences like we enjoyed the last couple of seasons.
“A Champions League game, be it group or knockout, is a heavyweight world-title fight every time. Every team you face has the quality to beat you and to knock you to the canvas. These teams don’t just have a puncher’s chance, they are winners with a winner’s approach.
“If you have the wrong attitude or the wrong mindset you will lose. There is no question of this.
“I’m not particularly interested what happens elsewhere in the other groups but I am pretty sure it is the same in all of them. The final answer for group standings will almost certainly go to the last game again.
“I have no worries about our approach tonight because I know this team and this club is streetwise enough to know what is needed. We have that institutional knowledge ingrained in us that a Champions League night, be it at Anfield or away, is an occasion to relish and respect. As a club we don’t take these nights for granted and that must show in our performance.
“And by ‘our performance’ I mean all of us. Players, management, staff and supporters. We all come here and show our best face.
“Genk absolutely will – so if we don’t, we risk our future in a competition we are in love with. If last season taught us anything it is that the European Cup isn’t just won on the night of the final. It is won in each and every minute you play in the tournament.”
Tonight’s game can also be a very special one for Liverpool and for Mo Salah in particular; The No.11 is one strike away from reaching 20 in the European Cup for the club only one player reached the milestone with the Reds; Steven Gerrard.
It is also a special game for Allison who is ready to play his first European game since the Final in Madrid, and about that he commented:
“European nights are always special, The atmosphere here is always incredible and we show in every game what we can do here”
“We showed it last season with big moments, like against Napoli and against Barcelona. We showed how strong we are here at home.”
We know if we don’t come into the game 100 per cent concentrated, if we aren’t fully in the game, you can have problems with Genk – and with every opponent - “So we need to be 100 per cent focused to win the three points that we need.”
Here is the Expected starting Line-up:
Startung XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Origi.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Firmino, Mane, Lallana, Robertson, Jones.
On Other News, Liverpool Football Club confirmed in an official statement that our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019.
The Reds will have to Decide on two teams, One to stay home and one to fly for Qatar. More to come on this story