Liverpool will play against Brighton on Sunday afternoon knowing that a point will guarantee them Champions League football for next season.
That’s all the motivation Jurgen Klopp’s side will need as they look to secure a spot in the Premier League’s top four.
Brighton have nothing to play for and, despite three disappointing results against West Brom, Stoke and Chelsea, Liverpool supporters will feel confident that three points are heading their way.
Klopp has urged his players not to ‘fall flat on your face’ as they go in search of the point they need.
“We have had a good season but now we have to deliver it all again,” the German said. “I have no problem concentrating on Brighton, I have not been skipping forward to think about Real Madrid.
“I do not have a lot of skills but one discipline I learned early on was to concentrate fully on the next step, because in football if you don’t you can fall flat on your face.
“Brighton are a good team, in a position to play without pressure. We need to be careful.”
Liverpool will wear their new home kit against the Seagulls, which was officially released last week.
However, they will revert to this season’s New Balance kit when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.
Why? Per the Mirror, UEFA rules state that clubs must confirm at the start of each season which kit they will use in the competition.
Once confirmed, changes cannot be made.
The Mirror’s report adds that Liverpool feel it’s only right to wear the same shirt they have used throughout their run to the final.
And that makes sense – superstition and all that.
Liverpool have made progress this season – their form in Europe is proof of that – but a win in their final game will see them end the season on 75 points, one fewer than they managed in the 2016-17 campaign.
“It’s difficult to compare one season directly with another,” Klopp explained. “Last season we were not in Europe, for example. We would have picked up more Premier League points this season had we not been involved in the later stages of the Champions League.
“For sure it feels to me like we have improved from last season, even if we had a few results that weren’t as good as they could have been. We have had many more good games than we played last season, some of them outstandingly good performances.
“I would say 76 is obviously a bigger number than 75, but they are both big numbers. If 73 is good enough to get us into the Champions League that is a big number as well.
“Maybe we have not had the most successful season in the history of football, but it has been quite successful. I am fine with it so far, but of course we have to make the last two steps.”