Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool must secure a Champions League spot in order for this season to be deemed a success by supporters.
The Reds’ top-four hopes were dented by a miserable 3-1 defeat at lowly Leicester City on Monday night.
As a result Klopp knows that Saturday’s Anfield showdown with fourth placed Arsenal, who are a point better off with a game in hand, has taken on much greater significance.
“Qualifying for the Champions League would be a big success, 100%,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“Qualifying for the Europa League, I’m not sure that I could sell it as success. But it would be okay. It would be a step in the right direction.
“But it’s too early to say what would be a success because we have to learn from the last games very quickly.
“First of all we have to make sure we are really good against Arsenal. If we want to stay in this region of the table then we need to bounce back against Arsenal.
“What’s the alternative? The alternative is that until now they were doing better against the big teams and now they don’t even do that any more.
“We have no alternative. We have to deliver. We have to show a reaction. Hopefully we can.”