Liverpool have been struggling in recent weeks, there’s no denying that. The Reds haven’t been able to put together a run of form for some time now. The title race is over after a defeat at home. Despite the convincing manner of his side’s win, Pep Guardiola has hinted having no fans at Anfield made all the difference.
Liverpool beaten at home
This result came as no surprise given the two side’s starkly contrasting form.
The Reds went into the game without a home win since before Christmas.
Whereas Man City had won their last 13 on the bounce.
The game was relatively even. The visitors went ahead when the hosts’ makeshift defence was opened up.
Soon afterwards Mo Salah converted a penalty to draw the two sides level.
Then Alisson Becker had a few minutes of madness which decided the game.
The goalkeeper gifted the league leaders two goals in quick succession and that was that.
Pep Guardiola on Anfield
In recent years Pep Guardiola has struggled at Anfield.
City hadn’t won in the league at Anfield since 2003 when Nicolas Anelka fired them to victory.
Recent meetings between the two sides have often seen Pep’s side smothered when they’ve made the trip to the Reds.
Speaking after the game Pep Guardiola admitted (via Liverpool ECHO) an empty Anfield impacted the tie:
“Hopefully next time we can do it with a similar performance with the spectators because Anfield, with people and without, is completely different.
“I could imagine after (Liverpool made it) 1-1 what Anfield could be like and the influence on their players.”
What RTK has to say
It doesn’t take a genius.
Pep Guardiola wouldn’t have won so convincingly had Anfield been full.
It’s not just about building on the penalty but also on the boost it gives the Reds when pressing, the mistakes it causes in opposition defences.
When fans are back in the ground we’re confident Anfield will be a fortress again.