Dejan Lovren believes getting past Villarreal and into the Europa League final would rescue Liverpool’s season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side – who sit eighth in the Premier League – require a second-leg turnaround on home soil after losing 1-0 in Spain, but can draw on a remarkable fightback in the last round against Borussia Dortmund.
Lovren was the hero of the hour in that tie, netting a decisive header to send the Reds through 5-4 on aggregate and he is now eyeing a “dream” final.
The 26-year-old said: “It would be a dream for me and for the fans. We could save this season with a final, but we have to play Villarreal. It’s a big step.
“We need to be clever enough. Everything is possible. The fans, they are expecting a massive game, but we will take it smarter than the last time.
“It will be a great season if we can go to the final and win it.”
The defender feels the club’s history of famous European nights – including, most memorably, the 2005 Champions League triumph in Istanbul – can also play a part in generating belief at Anfield on Thursday.
“Even in 2005, the fans know that with Liverpool everything is possible. We have great characters in the team,” he added.