“It is important to everyone. If we go out, maybe the fans won’t be outstanding or exceptionally angry and say, ‘How can that happen?’ because we still have a chance with the league. I don’t think they will think before the game, ‘I hope we go out’.”
Klopp agreed, however, that the pressure on his players is relieved by knowing that Munich trip will not end their trophy ambitions for this campaign.
“There is no real pressure. I only see it as an opportunity. Win it or go out. Everyone knows you can go out against Bayern and no one will say, ‘How could that happen?’ ” said Klopp, who left Naby Keita on Merseyside with a minor injury.
“We cannot think about the league in a moment like this. What can we do? Change all the players – and we couldn’t by the way – or make six, seven changes and try with a kind of ‘B’ team? If you want to be successful in a football season in whatever competition you are part of you need to have luck, no injuries in the wrong moment or the wrong players injured, stuff like that. “We cannot rest all of them so you have to go into this game with all you have.”
Liverpool will give a late check to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is struggling a slight muscle injury.