Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is sure that his side will start to “fly” up the Premier League table sooner rather than later, just as long as the team find some consistency.
The Merseyside outfit have struggled to hit top form so far this season as they lie 14th after winning just one out of seven Premier League games.
However, despite their below-par start to the campaign, the boss is confident that their prospects will improve with some luck and consistency, while Rodgers is looking to turn Anfield into a fortress.
“When you look at the majority of our home games our performance level has been good and we’ve been unfortunate not to pick up a result,” Rodgers told reporters.
“Our biggest focus now is just to get some consistency in our results.
“The reality in 2012 is we have won two league games at Anfield and, on top of that, it is over a year since there has been back-to-back Premier League [home] wins.
“We have to focus on what we can control, go into the game with a clear, defined plan and if it’s not working then be flexible in terms of looking to put that right.
“Once we get that result then hopefully we can fly from there. We really want to make our home ground a fortress.”
The club is the subject on an ongoing fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled ‘Being: Liverpool’, which offers various insights into behind of scenes of Liverpool.
A recent episode captured Rodgers using a motivation technique, used by Sir Alex Ferguson in the past, where he shows his squad three envelopes containing the names of three players he thinks may let the team down in the upcoming season.
The Manchester United manager later revealed his envelopes were empty, but the 39-year-old remained coy on the subject, suggesting he will continue to use similar techniques after a good response from his players.
“You are always looking to motivate players and you find different ways of doing it,” he continued. “I think the players quite enjoyed it wanting to know whether they were in [the envelope] or not.
“I always search for ways to motivate them, especially with top players because top players like the challenge. My job is to provide motivation and managers and coaches do it in different ways.”
Rodgers’ men play host to his ex-club Reading on Saturday, a side that the Reds have only beaten once in their last four meetings.
Although his time in charge of the Royals did not go according to plan, recording just six wins from 23 games in a short six-month spell in charge, the coach indicated it was a learning experience that he is better off for.
“Reading are an excellent club,” he added. “I first went to them when I was 13 and they played a big part of my life.
“I was fortunate to get the managerial job but it did not quite work out how I would have wished. But I learned from the experience and ultimately that will pave the way for me.
“It proved to be a difficult six months, especially with what I was trying to implement which was always going to need that bit of extra time.
“But I came away from that and learned from the experience and reflected upon it. It prepared me going forward and I was able to take those things into the rest of my career.”