The Northern Irishman is keen to use the “army of supporters” at Anfield to create a difficult atmosphere for title rivals and imminent visitors Chelsea and Manchester city
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is counting on his team’s “aggressive “home form to get them over the line in the race for the Premier League title.
The Reds edged two points clear at the top of the table with just six matches to play after a 4-0 hannering of Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday and their success in front of the Kop has been a key factor in their surge up the table.
The Merseysiders have won 14 of their 16 Premier League fixtures at Anfield, scoring 48 times while only conceding 13 goals, and, with fellow title hopefuls Chelsea and Manchester City set to make the trip there in April, Rodgers believes that his team’s home form may just give them the edge as they aim to win their first league crown since 1990.
“It’s a swing in mentality,” the Northern Irishman told reporters. “When you have a home ground like Anfield, and you’ve got the army of supporters that we have, you’ve got to really own the field.
“This is our pitch, our supporters, our ground, so our mentality is to own it. We’ve got an aggressive mentality at home, to win, to score goals and, equally, to defend.
“You put those things together, along with the supporters – who were immense [on Sunday], arguably the best atmosphere I’ve felt at Anfield – and it’s a really strong force that you have.
“It’s great oxygen for us, as a team and management.”
Rodgers added: “It’s great that the supporters have got that belief. That’s so important for them; it’s vital that they feel they can dream.
“For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard because there’s a process to dreaming. You’ve got to get the work done, or else it doesn’t happen. We just narrow our focus onto each game.
“It’s brilliant for the supporters to come to Anfield now to see their team win and see their team play dominating football.”