Liverpool have one game left, one final obstacle to overcome if they want to claim Champions League football for next season. Win on Sunday and Liverpool will end the season in the coveted fourth spot. Draw or lose to Middlesbrough and their fate is out of their hands and into the hands of Arsenal — who happen to be playing Everton, of all teams, in their final match.
Divock Origi, the young striker who notched Liverpool’s fourth and final goal against West Ham last Sunday, understands the pressure on the team to win, but believes that the Reds have what it takes to see it out.
“It will be like a final so we will give it everything. We just have to continue playing our game and I think if we show the same attitude as at West Ham we have a big chance of doing this.
“We have worked hard all season to reach a goal and that was to finish the highest possible,” he told the official website. “We had two games left before West Ham. We have won the first and now we will give it everything in the second, so we will be at home which is very good and I think we can go with a lot of belief and a lot of confidence.
“[At West Ham] you could feel that we were all together and we just gave everything, we showed our quality and I think everybody enjoyed the game. We know we have the offensive qualities so we showed it in the end when we scored four goals.
“Our fans give us very big support, they’re a 12th man - and so I think 12 against 11 can be difficult, so we will try and do everything to win this game against Middlesbrough.”
Middlesbrough have already been relegated, so while they won’t have anything to play for in the league, they’ll be looking to win their final Premier League match.
On paper, Liverpool should be able to find a way to win this. They’re at home, it’s the last game of the season, and it’s a must-win scenario. All the great strides that Klopp has made with his team this season have come down to this game on Sunday.
Hold onto your butts.