Dave Davis explains how having the Anfield crowd behind them could be hugely beneficial for Liverpool in their efforts to beat Southampton.
It’s an issue that’s been mentioned off and on throughout the season by many. It’s been put down to early kick-offs, a lack of local support and other issues but come this afternoon, Anfield will need to react in the right way.
Liverpool hasn’t won in their last two games at home with defeat to Crystal Palace and a draw against Bournemouth. Those results have been in contrast to an otherwise impressive run of recent away form, including last weeks win at Watford.
Agree or not with the manager’s decisions, there’s been a palpable tension throughout the ground in those two home encounters. Often, the only real noise generated has been moans and groans at certain intervals.
The hope is that Southampton are on their holidays already and we’ll simply blitz past them. Current form indicates that we’re not scoring as rapidly as we did at the start of the season and patience may well be needed. Despite often providing many of our new signings, the Saints’ visiting crowd won’t ignite the passion in the stands and the stakes will provide a palpable tension.
There’s a general consensus that the bigger the opposition, the more comfortable Reds would feel. A run-in of Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough would be sought by most opposition fans, but not by ourselves.
If any of the big boys were coming to town we’d feel far more confident we’d get a positive result. Spurs, Arsenal and City have all been put to the sword at Anfield, whilst the likes of Swansea have even taken maximum points.
Liverpool has also been criticised for their reaction in pressure situations, with the term ‘bottlers’ consistently used. Whatever your take on that argument, any Red will be nervous about this weekend because of our recent history. The players will need to play their part in the push for Champions League qualification but Anfield will need to come to the party too if we want a decent end to the season.