Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to seize their chance for glory in the Europa League or their Borussia Dortmund heroics will count for nothing.
Klopp admitted he could not have dreamed of reaching the Europa League final in Basel next month when he took over last October. But now they are so close and they must seize the opportunity.
"It is not a moment to think about the players and what kind of experience it will be to go through the semi-final or out in the semi-final," Klopp said during his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal.
"It is not the moment to think that the experience against Dortmund in the quarter-final is the experience we need, it is not about this.
"It is our only chance in 2015/16, in the Europa League, to go as far as possible. That is all. Of course when I came in October, Basel was not a real thing to think about but now it is not that far away so we could.
"It is not that you say next year or in two years when you're in another, or the same competition, and think 'oh yeah when we were at Villarreal we did this'.
"Experience is nothing to talk about, it is not to buy, it is not to talk about. It is only to collect and use. So we will see what happen."Watch The Premier League Live!! with EXPRESSVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN