Quoted by the Liverpool Echo, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he was thinking after seeing Villarreal beat Liverpool on Thursday night: 'Sorry to say but you have to come to Anfield.’
The Spanish side earned a slender advantage in their first-leg Europa League semi-final at El Madrigal, with Adrian Lopez netting a last-minute winner to leave the tie very finely poised ahead of the return leg on Merseyside this Thursday.
No Villarreal fan, player or staff member will be thinking about the final just yet, though, after what the Reds did to Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in the previous round.
Klopp's side netted three second-half goals in the final 20 minutes - including a last-gasp winner - to stun the Bundesliga giants, with Liverpool fans reminding the continent why Anfield is such a special location on European nights.
The 48-year-old has now called on supporters to replicate that atmosphere and be their side's 12th man again as they bid to reach the final, where Sevilla or Shakhtar Donetsk could await them.
“Yes, we need to create an atmosphere from the pitch to the crowd and from the crowd to the pitch," he told the Liverpool Echo. "My first thought after they scored the goal, when I saw all of them celebrating, was: ‘Sorry to say but you have to come to Anfield.’
“It is not that I think now we will always do wonders at Anfield. I don’t think we need a wonder at Anfield in this moment, we just need to win. Two goals is enough with this result. We have a real chance in the second leg.
"That’s what I thought before the first leg and I don’t want to stop thinking this after the first leg. Let’s do something special.”
Few would back against Liverpool overturning their 1-0 first-leg deficit, but Divock Origi, who played a massive role in helping them reach the semi-finals by scoring in both legs versus Dortmund, will be absent.
As a result, Klopp's team selection will be interesting. He opted against fielding a recognised striker in the first leg, with Roberto Firmino deployed, but he might well call on Daniel Sturridge this time around.