Liverpool Have To Beat Middlesbrough, Says Klopp

"We had him last winter when he had a break in the U.S. (from LA Galaxy) and he had a few sessions with us, a few shooting sessions, and I thought what is that?"

Middlesbrough will finish the season with their fewest wins in a Premier League campaign (five so far this season, previous lowest was seven in 2008/09). A 0-0 draw with Man United in the week means they go into the final day in 8th and "best of the rest".

"Have a look at my career, my seasons were always on the last match", says the Liverpool manager, who saw the prize disappear with defeat to Sevilla in last season's Europa League final.

"The world is not full of players who will make us better immediately but clearly there are a few out there", said German Klopp.

Liverpool could be without forward Roberto Firmino for the clash with Boro What time does Liverpool vs Middlesbrough kick-off?

Wenger's side have a home game against Everton, a team that have already beaten them this season in the Premier League - indeed, that loss was one of the many triggers of their downward slide this season. "We need to adapt to however they play but more importantly we need to back ourselves to deliver".

"If Champions League is the only reason for a player to come it makes no sense..."

Actual footballing consequences riding on this one, with Liverpool needing a win to make sure of their Champions League place.

"Middlesbrough can't score goals and they are a great team to play in the last game of the season at Anfield with a chance to finish in the top four, hopefully the top three and Champions League football".

Liverpool have spent just two weeks outside the top four since September but are still not over the line, having taken two points from the last nine available at Anfield, against Bournemouth (2-2), Crystal Palace (1-2) and Southampton (0-0).

"It is important for players because that is what they want to play in".

"It's all clear. We have to perform, we have to win and if we have enough points after this matchday then we deserve to go to the Champions League".

Boro will go into the match with absolutely nothing to lose and they'll want to give their fans the flawless sendoff before saying farewell to Premier League football.

Gibson has identified a series of potential targets - former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is understood not to be among them - after revealing in a radio interview that he wants to "smash" the Championship next season. Obviously I knew at the time it was a huge challenge and there has been a hell of a lot to deal with, but it's been enjoyable.

I've said it before and it's worth repeating ahead of Sunday - Jurgen Klopp is a one-trick pony, with one very good trick.

  • Julie Sanders