Jurgen Klopp’s words will worry West Ham United ahead of their game at Anfield on Monday. Liverpool aren’t treating this like an ordinary game.
The Reds host David Moyes’ team under a month since beating them in London. That day saw Liverpool run out 2-0 winners thanks to a Mohamed Salah penalty and an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike.
West Ham put up a bit of a fight that day. They may struggle to match that on Monday, however. That’s because Klopp sees this as a chance to right the wrongs of the Atletico Madrid defeat. They want that winning feeling back.
“It’s really from sunshine [winning every week] to hardest rain [the Atletico defeat] – and that’s how it should be,” he said, per the official club site. “If you really want to be successful and if you could be successful – what we could have been in that game – then it has to feel really bad and that’s how it felt.
“So yes, we want to put things right, even when it’s a different competition.”
So West Ham can expect to face a fully motivated Liverpool on Monday. It’ll be a Reds side looking to find that winning feeling once again, having hated the taste of defeat this week.
And given the drive and mentality of this Liverpool side, they may just hit another level at Anfield. They’ll want to prove they’re still the best, after all, after their humbling on Tuesday.
It’s actually quite important that they do prove that, too. Liverpool can silence any doubts with a solid win and will want to do that quickly.
West Ham just happen to be the first stop on the way to doing that and Anfield may see them on the other end of a message.