Jurgen Klopp has claimed that “a lot of teams in the league” will be hoping for a Liverpool win against Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The Reds won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in September, but have fallen off the pace in recent weeks and are now ten points behind.
Klopp was keen to stress the importance of Tuesday night’s game at Anfield if Liverpool are to have any chance of winning the title.
“I’m sure a lot of teams in the league want us to win,” he said, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“That would obviously make the Premier League that little bit more exciting.
“But that means nothing. We want to go for these three points and that’s enough to be motivated at the highest level.
“We need the points. We cannot waste time or points any more. We have no responsibility for Chelsea’s near-perfect season because we beat them once. The rest we have no influence on. If they lose here and win the rest, they are probably champions.
“This is a big, big challenge for us, this game. But with the help of everybody, we can be a real (title) challenger, that’s very important. As long as it’s possible for us we should fight for it.”
After three defeats in a week, and exits from both the EFL and FA Cup, Klopp called on the fans to continue to back the team.
“I would give advice to everybody: stay positive, there is no reason for anything else,” he said.