Philippe Coutinho has urged his Liverpool team-mates to work hard and stay calm when they take on Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Brazilian missed the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United due to suspension but is set to return to Brendan Rodgers' side for the game in France. The Reds have picked up just one point from their last three Premier League games, and Coutinho told his club's official website: "It's a very important game as it's our first in the Europa League.
"We have a long season ahead and many things can happen. We have to not only remain calm, but also to work hard to achieve what we want on the pitch." Liverpool can be backed at 29/20 with bet365 to win in Bordeaux and are 6/1 to triumph by a 1-0 margin. Meanwhile, captain Jordan Henderson has returned to Liverpool after undergoing treatment in the USA for a nagging heel problem.
Sevilla coach Unai Emery praised his team for overcoming 'tiredness and discomfort' to win the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday.
The La Liga side claimed a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Benfica in the final, which finished 0-0 after 120 minutes at the Juventus Stadium.
Benfica had enjoyed the better of the opportunities throughout the encounter but two saves in the shootout from Sevilla goalkeeper Beto were the difference.
Emery hailed his side for being prepared to work and fight late in the contest.
"Benfica have been deserving finalists, as we have," he said.
"There were times when the the match was very even. We were expecting some chances, like the one for (Carlos) Bacca, but we had to be prepared for anything. In the end they made the last push.
"You could see the tiredness and discomfort of the players but this team has learned how to suffer, has learned to stay big and was prepared for this."
Beto kept out Benfica's second and third spot-kicks, albeit coming a fair distance off his line to deny Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo.
Emery praised the goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach Javier Garcia Garcia.
"Javi has done a great job with the goalkeepers and with Beto has been crucial," Emery said.
"It's the work of a lot of people."
This week's clash will conclude a hat-trick of meetings between the sides in less than a fortnight, with Juventus taking the spoils in the opening Serie A encounter before a 1-1 draw in Turin last Thursday put Fiorentina in the driving seat in the continental tie.
Arturo Vidal handed Juve the lead in the third minute of the first-leg clash, but Mario Gomez found the net 11 minutes from time to give Fiorentina the away-goal advantage.
However, promisingly for coach Antonio Conte, Juve have only failed to progress once when taking a 1-1 scoreline into the second leg of a European tie.
The only time they did fail to make it through was in 1972, when a 2-1 second-leg defeat at Wolves - now competing in England's third tier - sent them out of the UEFA Cup, but they have never beaten Italian opposition away from home in European competition.
And the Turin outfit will be especially keen to make it through this season, with Juventus Stadium set to host the competition's final.
Conte's men sit top of Serie A and are on an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions, but lost 4-2 when they played at Stadio Artemio Franchi in the league earlier this season - a result that remains Juve's only top-flight defeat of the campaign.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, brought an end to a five-match winless run with a 3-1 home victory against Chievo on Sunday, and goalkeeper Neto insists his side do not fear their familiar opponents.
"When there are games of this type in Florence the atmosphere is incredible, it's always like that," he told Sky Sport 24. "We have no fear, there are two teams of a high level going up against each other.
"They have a lot of champions, but so do we.
"(Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi) Buffon is of the highest calibre, it is an honour to play against him."
Andrea Barzagli (calf) is a doubt for Juve after pulling out of Sunday's 1-0 win at Genoa, while fellow defender Federico Peluso (thigh) is also likely to miss out. In more positive news, striker Carlos Tevez has returned to training this week and could be in line for a start.
Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi (knee) is expected to be in attendance in a spectating capacity on Thursday, having returned to Italy from the United States as he continues his rehabilitation from ligament damage.
Spurs head coach Sherwood has come under fire following three successive high-profile defeats in the past fortnight, including a 3-1 reverse to Jorge Jesus' Primeira Liga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 tie at White Hart Lane last Thursday.
That setback was sandwiched with a 4-0 rout at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before Tottenham suffered north London derby heartbreak in a 1-0 home loss to rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
Sherwood will now seek solace in this week's second leg, but the visitors face what appears a near impossible task in overturning the deficit at Estadio da Luz.
Benfica are unbeaten in 10 European home games, their last loss coming in a 2-0 setback to Barcelona in 2012 in the UEFA Champions League group stages. The Portuguese team have also yet to taste defeat on home soil in the UEFA Europa League in 16 outings since the competition replaced the previous UEFA Cup format in 2009.
The fixture will carry extra spice from the first leg after Sherwood accused opposite number Jesus of showing "a lack of class", when he appeared to signal the number of goals his side had scored when he held three fingers aloft.
Despite the difficulty of the task and Tottenham's recent setbacks suggesting otherwise, winger Andros Townsend is confident of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It's another big game on Thursday. There is still a lot to play for.
"We've got nothing to lose. We're two goals behind from the home leg, so we can go there, have a go and see what happens."
In contrast to Tottenham's woes, Benfica have been seemingly unstoppable and have not tasted defeat in any competition since a 1-0 loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League at the start of November.
Only once have Benfica been beaten in the Primeira Liga this season and their march towards the title shows no signs of stopping, with second-placed Sporting Lisbon seven points adrift.
Both sides have a centre-back suspended, with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen and Benfica's Silvio the players to miss out.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood expects a response when his side host Benfica in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-16 tie.
Sherwood was cutting in his assessment of his players after they were taken apart by Chelsea in Saturday's 4-0 Premier League thumping.
Individual errors directly contributed to all four of the home side's goals and, following the dismal showing at Stamford Bridge, Sherwood accused his players of lacking "character".
Tottenham will at least have the chance to consign that result to history when they return to European action on Thursday, and Sherwood has demanded that his squad make amends.
"The fans were magnificent (on Saturday) and the lads owe it to them and owe it to themselves (to respond)," he told the club's official website.
"They have to take it on the chin, as we all have."
Defeat against Chelsea was a blow to Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season, with Sherwood's men now four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City having played three games more.
The focus of their campaign increasingly now looks to be on an extended run in the Europa League, but they will have their work cut out against a Benfica side who reached last year's final, before being beaten 2-1 by Chelsea thanks to Branislav Ivanovic's stoppage-time header.
Sherwood can take heart from Tottenham's strong home record in the competition - they have won their last five European matches at White Hart Lane, triumphing in nine and drawing two of their past 11 since a 2-1 reverse at the hands of PAOK in the group stages back in 2011.
They produced a stirring comeback in the last round, coming from 2-0 down in the tie to eventually overcome Dnipro 3-2 thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor and a Christian Eriksen strike.
They next host a Benfica side who exited the Champions League due to an inferior head-to-head record with Olympiacos, but Jorge Jesus' men put that setback behind them with a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win over PAOK in the round of 32.
Lima scored twice over the course of the tie, and Tottenham will be wary of the threat posed by both him and Rodrigo, who have 24 goals between them in all competitions this season.
Oscar Cardozo, who has nine goals to his name despite missing a large chunk of the season with a back injury, is believed to be in the frame to play a part and will also pose a danger.
The Primeira Liga leaders come into the game on an incredible run of form, having won 21 and drawn two of their previous 23 matches in all competitions. They have not conceded for eight games, since a 1-1 draw with Gil Vicente on February 1.
Central defender Michael Dawson is a doubt for Tottenham after being withdrawn on Saturday with a hamstring injury, while for Benfica, Jardel has not played since a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Enzo Perez against Vitoria Guimaraes last month.