Jordan Henderson says playing in front of a packed Anfield is a ‘totally different game’. Liverpool welcomed the fans back with a 2-0 win over Burnley.
Over 52,000 people packed Anfield on Saturday – the largest crowd since March 2020. It was a fantastic moment and one Liverpool took advantage of.
Diogo Jota gave the fans something to shout about in the first half, heading home Kostas Tsimikas’s cross. Sadio Mane then sealed the point with an emphatic second-half finish.
That keeps the Reds’ 100% record intact to kick off this campaign. While it’s early, Liverpool almost certainly have eyes on regaining their Premier League crown.
So how big an effect can Anfield have? Jordan Henderson seems to think it’s night and day.
Jordan Henderson on Anfield crowd
“Without a crowd it’s a totally different game, football was totally different last season with no crowd – not only at Anfield but in general,” said Henderson, per Liverpoolfc.com.
“Now we’ve got the fans back it’s a different ball game. And hopefully, we can keep our fortress, if you like, and teams won’t like coming here. We’ve got to make it difficult every time they do.”
Well, let’s hope he’s right. In front of a packed Anfield, Liverpool essentially boast a 100% record over the last couple of years.
Getting that kind of rhythm back would go a long way to delivering the title. It’s almost vital, in fact, given Manchester City’s inevitably points-haul.
Liverpool know that Anfield can guarantee them close to 57 points a season, though. A full one, anyway – last year really showed the obvious difference Henderson talks about.
But if that kind of form is now back, Liverpool will compete for the title this season. We’ll hold off on saying it’ll be as straightforward as 2019/20 for now but contenders? That seems inevitable.