JURGEN KLOPP wants his Liverpool players to play it cool as they prepare to run the gauntlet in the hostile Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday.
The Reds take on Red Star Belgrade in Serbia as they look to stay top of Group C in the Champions League.
Klopp’s side will face a red-hot atmosphere in the Serbian capital on Tuesday tonight as the hosts look for revenge for last month’s 4-0 hammering at Anfield.
The Kop boss said: “I never played here but what I heard about it here since I was growing up is that it is a very tough place, historically a tough place to go.
“This is a proud football club and they want to strike back.
“The only way I know to cool the atmosphere down is to play really good football. That’s what we have to try. To be ready for a fight, ready for a big game”
Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool boss
“We are from Liverpool, we know how big the influence of atmosphere can be.
“The only way I know to cool the atmosphere down is to play really good football.
“That’s what we have to try. To be ready for a fight, ready for a big game. The only thing I can make sure is that the boys do the job on the pitch.
“We are used to difficult atmospheres, difficult situations.”
But Klopp denied he left Xherdan Shaqiri at home to try to calm the atmosphere in Belgrade tonight.
He also insisted there were no security issues around the Liverpool midfielder.
Switzerland international Shaqiri, who was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents, celebrated a goal against Serbia at last summer’s World Cup with an Albanian eagle gesture which caused outrage.
Klopp added: “Absolutely not aware of any security issues or whatever.
“The only thing that I can say about it was that it was common sense.
“It was common sense to just make the decision, not to force anything.
“We come here wanting to play football. We need to cool the situation down.
“We are in Serbia, we respect that 100 per cent. That’s the world, how it is. Politics always has always influence on life, on the life I live at least, and that’s how it is.
“But we are not here for that, we are here to play football. We tried to make sure we can be focused on football.
“It could have been a story but we didn’t want to have a story besides a football story. That’s why we decided what we decided.”