Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to create an atmosphere befitting of an Anfield European night when Southampton visit on Saturday afternoon.
Roberto Firmino wrote another page in Liverpool’s Champions League history books on Tuesday night when his late winner downed French champions PSG.
The Anfield faithful were in fine voice in the Reds’ first European fixture of the season, and Klopp has challenged them to be just as loud this weekend as the Reds bid to continue their 100% start to the season.
“Are we ready to create the best atmosphere of all games so far? That would be cool,” he said. “We play at 3pm, maybe after half-time it could be dark, then we have a kind of European night.
With Liverpool set to face Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City in the next fortnight, shortly after taking on Spurs and PSG, it may be tempting to view this fixture as some respite.
Klopp, though, was keen to warn against any complacency against a Southampton side which has beaten Liverpool in three of their last seven meetings.
“I remember when people spoke to me about the next seven games, two or three weeks ago, nobody mentioned Southampton—that’s funny.
“I always had to remind them. That’s the challenge, not for us, but being focused on the next game—that’s the job for us to do.
“Working for the little advantages for us, really working, finding different solutions, staying angry, that’s it.
“We have to be really in the situation, constantly, for us nothing changed.”
The German also warned his players that they will incur his fury if they show signs of losing focus.
“The mood is really good, it was from the start. It’s not like we’re flying in training.
“If I saw somebody lose focus, I can be really angry about that. So far, nobody gave me the chance to do so, or I didn’t have to do it so far, but it still can happen.
“Being 100 percent in the game, showing Southampton how difficult it is to go to Anfield, that’s the job we have to do.”