Jurgen Klopp has praised the advantage that Anfield hands Liverpool. The next week will put that advantage to the test, however.
“Yes, it’s much bigger but I realised that already a while ago – the influence and impact of Anfield is much bigger than I’d thought,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday (per Liverpoolfc.com).
“We have to create an atmosphere again tomorrow, we have to use the atmosphere then, but for that everybody needs to have the right mindset, our people as well.
“It’s a situation and not only we, as a team, lost three of the last four, our supporters lost them as well. [Now] it’s about the reaction – really fighting back with an atmosphere that is exceptional.”
That’s Klopp’s rallying call. He wants to see an atmospheric Anfield that’s ready to push the Reds over the line. A crowd that can help right a struggling team.
Liverpool need to regain momentum and quickly, given next week’s clash. The Reds face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and have to win.
Both that game and Saturday’s with Bournemouth are at Anfield, of course. And that provides a real test of Anfield’s power. Can the crowd help push this team to consecutive wins?
The points don’t matter too much against Bournemouth. Liverpool will want to take another step closer to the title, naturally, but the performance is the key one.
They need to build some momentum – momentum lost over three defeats in four games – in order to tackle Atletico properly.
And for that, they’ll need to rely on Anfield. They have one game to build it, after all, and so there’s no room for gradual improvement. Liverpool need to get back to their best and immediately.
As Klopp says, Anfield provides a unique advantage in helping Liverpool to be so dominant. They’ve won 21 consecutive home Premier League games and thus we know the stadium can lift the team to great heights.
Liverpool needed that against Atletico anyway but it might not be enough if the team isn’t on form. But if the crowd can provide that lift on Saturday, too, and help return the team to its best, then the Reds have a great chance.
It’ll test Anfield as a weapon in Liverpool’s arsenal but if it passes, the sky is the limit this season.