Circumstances have left Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool with little choice vs Barcelona – they have to go all out.
There was a time – specifically, before Vincent Kompany leathered the ball in from 30 yards against Leicester City – that there was a decision to make. If Manchester City dropped points, Liverpool should commit to the Premier League.
Liverpool face Wolves at the weekend. That will be a tough game and midweek exertion makes it even tougher. No one would have blamed Klopp for resting players against Barca if the Wolves game was to win the title.
Instead, it makes little sense to give up on overturning the 3-0 deficit. There’s not really a decision anymore.
But playing the first team leaves another choice. With such a huge task ahead, how much should Liverpool’s stars exert themselves and potentially leave them tired for Sunday?
Well, Klopp no longer has to worry about that, either. Injuries to Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino mean they’re ruled out, effectively resting them anyway. James Milner will surely play too, meaning at least one midfielder from the Newcastle game won’t start.
Circumstance has taken the choice away. Liverpool will have rested key players for Wolves and they know this game means a ton.
The bare-bones front line and results elsewhere have shown Klopp what to do: attack Barcelona with everything you’ve got.
It may just be enough to make a miracle happen.