Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his players are nervous when they play in front of their own fans at Anfield, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Reds are currently on a poor run of form that has seen them not win their last five games following a 1-1 draw against Norwich City at home, and Rodgers believes that they need to make Anfield into a fortress for their opponents to have any chances of success this season.
“The big thing about Liverpool is the beauty of playing at Anfield,” he said. “It’s a real special place to play, but you’ve got to have courage and bravery to play here.
“There’s a big history at Anfield, but you have to embrace it and ensure you take the risk because you have to do that to play positive football.
“There was the same feeling of anxiety when I first came in, but we went on to make Anfield a real fortress for us.
“Unfortunately, we are having to rebuild that again and get the focus back on being really positive at home and I saw signs of that, particularly in the second half.”
On Sunday Liverpool went into an early lead in the second half through Danny Ings, but his strike was cancelled out by Russell Martin in the 61st minute.
And Rodgers was disappointed with his side’s defending for Martin’s goal, which has once again come from a set piece.
“I think the most disappointing factor was the goal,” he added. “It was their first corner in the game. Our organisation was clear, we had six players in the box, everyone knew their roles.
“But we lost concentration and Russell Martin hooks it in, so that’s disappointing and that’s a goal which should not happen.
“But apart from that there were a lot more positives and we want to win every game here no matter who the opponent is.
“I think today was a step forward for us in terms of getting creativity back into our game and hopefully we can progress from that.”
The Reds host Aston Villa in their next fixture and will need to take maximum points if they want to still be in with a chance of finishing fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League campaign.