Jurgen Klopp is willing for Liverpool to win ugly against Middlesbrough and secure Champions League qualification.
Victory over Steve Agnew's already relegated side at Anfield will guarantee the Reds a place in the top four, with fifth-placed Arsenal gunning for three points against Everton so they can capitalise on any slip-up.
Liverpool missed out on European football entirely last season after suffering defeat to Sevilla in the final of the Europa League and Klopp is happy with the simplicity of the equation facing his side.
"It's important of course. So far it has been a very successful season and we want to finish it successfully," he told a pre-match news conference.
"It's all clear. We have to perform, we have to win and if we have enough points after this matchday then we deserve to go to the Champions League. If not, we don't deserve it. It's pretty easy."
Liverpool were in swashbuckling form as they swatted aside West Ham 4-0 at London Stadium last time out, but their past two outings at Anfield have yielded one point – a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace preceding a frustrating goalless draw against Southampton.
Klopp: "It is clear. We have to perform, we have to win." pic.twitter.com/jzczKbc1QJ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 19, 2017
"The best thing would be 4-0 after two minutes but that's not possible. We have to be ready for a football game and football games develop," Klopp said.
"Development depends on the start. If the start is not good, does that mean maybe we should stop then?
"If we have to restart a few times in the game we will. Everybody can be sure that we will fight for each yard. That is clear.
"If you give Middlesbrough the opportunity they can play football, they have good players. They want to enjoy their football and have nil-point-nil pressure. That's not the worst circumstances for playing good football.
"We are there and we have to be as ugly as possible, for sure. It's not about performing and stuff like this.
"It's about creating, scoring, defending, defending, defending; creating, scoring, defending, defending, defending – always in football it's like this and we need to be ready."
Along with the prize of bringing major European nights back to Merseyside, Klopp acknowledged the financial imperative of reaching the Champions League as he looks to bolster his squad over the close season.
"There are different reasons to want to be in the Champions League," he added. "It's a wonderful competition, outstanding. Fans love it, players love it, managers love it. It's great.
"And you can earn money there, a lot. That's money we didn't have last year.
"We are already in a good position, we are a club without financial problems but we always think it is good to think before we spend."
|Brathwaithe and weather thwart Sri Lanka|
|Southgate bemused by England-Tunisia penalty decisions|
|Kane disappointed by refereeing decisions despite England win|
|Koepka backed by coach to win more majors|
|Rybarikova ousts Pliskova in Birmingham, seeds fail in Mallorca|
|Kane: England players had flies in our mouths|
|Lemar signs Atletico deal|
|Griezmann renews Atletico Madrid contract after rejecting Barcelona|
|Captain Kane comes good to heighten England´s aura of optimism|
|Wawrinka and Cilic cruise through at Queen´s|
|Saudi Arabia team safe after aircraft´s ´technical failure´|
|Courtois: Panama made unnecessary tackles|
|Thiem makes winning start on Halle grass|
|Tunisia 1 England 2: Captain Kane saves Three Lions|
|Trotz resigns as Capitals coach after Stanley Cup win|
|You´ll see the best of Hazard later - Eden predicts strong World Cup|
|Mickelson made statement over ´outrageous´ conditions, says Cowen|
|France will grow again - former coach Saint-Andre sees positive signs for Les Bleus|
|Lewandowski sets an example - Nawalka talks up Poland star|
|Runners and Ryders: Koepka shines at Shinnecock Hills as European list sees major changes|
|Mature and patient Belgium show success could be on horizon|
|Salah facing fitness test ahead of Russia v Egypt|
|South Korea´s Park has suspected hamstring tear|
|Sweden hero Granqvist full of praise for VAR|
|Iran v Spain: Isco impressed with Hierro´s seamless adaptation|
|Belgium 3 Panama 0: Mertens magic sets up Group G win|
|Jorginho has ´five-year Man City deal waiting´|
|Wolves sign Portugal goalkeeper Patricio|
|Pekerman criticises Barcelona´s treatment of Yerry Mina|
|Neymar misses Brazil World Cup training|
|FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings over alleged Mexico homophobic chants|
|Cisse hoping to be a pioneer for black and African coaches|
|World Cup over for Croatia´s Kalinic|
|Defiant Jones confident of upturn in England fortunes|
|Pogba a natural leader for France - Matuidi|
|Frampton to face Jackson as Fury continues comeback in Belfast|
|Team effort needed for Japan to stop James, says Nishino|
|Di Francesco extends Roma contract|
|It was a normal challenge - Switzerland equaliser fine by Shaqiri|
|Hamilton hopes to avoid ´boring´ French Grand Prix|
|Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup|
|Cisse hails Mane as ´one of the best players in the world´|
|Forsberg falls flat as Granqvist proves Sweden´s hero|
|Sweden 1 South Korea 0: Granqvist´s VAR-assisted penalty settles tight game|
|Nishino concerned Japan players affected by Osaka earthquake|
|Isco pleased with Lopetegui´s Real Madrid appointment|
|Hazard hints at Real Madrid interest|
|Wasps disappointed as Wilson joins Scotland backroom staff|
|Hierro has full confidence in De Gea|
|Russia will stop Salah - Cherchesov|
|Allen signs new four-year Stoke contract|
|England issue update over injured duo Stokes and Woakes|
|Mancini leaves door open for Buffon´s Italy return|
|Alli calls for England to be ruthless in World Cup opener|
|Tahir rested as Proteas call up uncapped duo|
|Uruguay v Saudi Arabia: Centurion Suarez seeks World Cup redemption|
|Portugal v Morocco: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo hunts stricken Atlas Lions|
|Argentina didn´t draw because of Messi´s missed penalty - Maradona|
|Wenger heaps praise on France star Kante|
|If VAR helps referees, I´m not against that – Australia´s Sainsbury|
|Kimmich questions Germany mentality after shock defeat|
|Roberts to leave Warrington Wolves|
|Australia talent Arzani ready to make the jump from A-League|
|Lewandowski: I can be at the top until I´m 35|
|All Blacks winger Savea confirms Toulon switch|
|Free Fall available for France after red card rescinded|
|South Korea can progress from wide-open group, says Park Ji-sung|
|Gordon called up by Wallabies to replace injured Genia|
|Germany can still win World Cup, insists Werner|
|Man United & Real Madrid talk not affecting Milinkovic-Savic|