As the international break concludes—apparently (knock on all the wood) without any key injuries—Liverpool can start looking at the final gauntlet that awaits ahead of them. Seven league games from glory. Possibly five Champions League games from glory (or even double glory).
There are no more breaks. There is nowhere to hide. Each and every game will be a huge occasion, and each will be played on a knife’s edge.
We, the supporters of Liverpool Football Club can shit ourselves, hiding in the corner in the fetal position, nervously drinking whisky straight from the bottle, watching the Reds through half shaded eyes, wondering if this will finally be the game where it all falls apart like the house of cards it always must have been.
Jurgen Klopp & Co., on the other hand, appear to be ready to push on and take this thing until the bitter end.
Be sure to fill those heart medication prescriptions, y’all.
“It is [exciting], absolutely,” Klopp told the club’s official website in an interview.
“That’s what we were always talking about – a season is like that, you constantly prepare a basis for the final weeks. We are now in the final weeks and there will be no interruption anymore, there will only be game after game after game and they all are very, very important.
“On the one side, opponents fight for the Champions League spots, and on the other they will fight [to stay in] the league.
“I think only Wolves in the last match, they are not fighting for Champions League and not fighting for staying in the league, but we all see what shape they are in – and they can go to the FA Cup final, so that’s exciting for them. But these are our opponents.
“Champions League, we don’t have to talk about that because they are all finals, each game is a final. Hopefully we can stay in that competition for a while.
“We created a wonderful base, now let’s use it.”
Strong and encouraging words from the boss, as always. Does that help those of us who are desperate for silverware, and especially for that elusive and long overdue league title? No, no it does not.
Thankfully it will be the calm, collected, and professional footballers in Red who will be deciding things, and not the nervous wreck of a fanbase.
Up the Reds.
Down the whisky.