Jurgen Klopp believes the slap in the face delivered by Aston Villa could be his side’s most important moment of their season.
And the Reds boss admitted they maybe needed to be shaken from any complacency, after their all-conquering march to the title with barely a single slip.
Speaking ahead of the derby, he said: "I got that feeling more and more during the hours after the game that maybe after all the positive things that happened to us it needed a proper knock in the middle of our faces to shake us up.
“There is no other reason why 7-2 should be good. But if it was for that reason, then it could have been the most important game of the season, and that is why we will try to use it, why we don’t want to forget it.”
Klopp has never lost back to back league games as Liverpool manager, and he has demanded a response from his side after their Villa Park humiliation.
He accepts the whole of Merseyside is looking for a lift from the derby, after being placed back into lockdown by a government which seems to have abandoned the city.
“I like to think that football is always a massive point in the city. I’m pretty sure it is. But you are right, there is an important role that we play (now),” he said.
“Look, the people in the city are used to dealing with difficult situations, that’s how I see it.
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"Usually when bad things happen, this city comes really together and they try to make the best of it. We try from a football point of view, for sure.
“We are both clubs from the city, the whole city is united and will be watching one football game. From that point of view, you are probably right, that it is even more important.
“A few months ago we were talking about whether football is really necessary and about its role in the society. From a very subjective point of view, I was pretty sure that it did."
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