Jurgen Klopp is not feeling the pressure as he stands on the brink of leading Liverpool back into the Champions League – an achievement the German feels would send out a significant message.
The five-time European champions have not featured in the competition since the 2014-15 campaign under Brendan Rodgers, when they finished third in their group and dropped into the Europa League.
Klopp led the club to a fourth-place Premier League finish last season – his first full term in charge – and they are favourites to qualify for the group stages after a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim in the first leg of their play-off last week.
And the charismatic German says fear of failure will not hold his players back from completing the job at Anfield on Wednesday.
“Yes, this would be a statement for our club and supporters – and I do not think in life it makes a lot of sense that if you have big chance you think about the consequences if you lose it,” he said in a media conference.
“We are all excited about the possibility. You can look on it as a final or in different ways as a fan, as an owner, as a player or as a manager but in the end it is a football game.”