Destiny is still in Liverpool’s hands, however, and despite some questioning Klopp’s current mood under pressure, he was in typically relaxed form on Friday.
Speaking at Melwood, the Reds boss urged the home fans to produce an atmosphere that inspires his players to a crucial victory.
“Everybody who saw matches in the past knows how big an influence atmosphere is,” Klopp said.
“I don’t know if I have to ask for it, but whoever wants us to succeed in this game, and in general wants to help, I don’t have the English saying for it, but it’s like shouting your soul onto the pitch.
“It’s a big one, like all the others. We have 15-plus games left, the decisive part of the season.”
It may have never worked out for the young striker at Liverpool, but his former boss is looking forward to seeing him.
“He’s a wonderful guy, a big talent. We couldn’t give him enough match time, now he got his first start last week,” he added.
Also on the agenda was Liverpool’s loss of ground on City, for which Klopp simply said, “it’s getting exciting now. It was always clear that it would be tight until the end”.
Victory for the Reds this weekend puts the pressure back on Pep Guardiola’s side, who host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.