Anfield record fuels Rodgers belief
Published 01/04/2014 | 17:07
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes their home fortress of Anfield may just give them the edge in the title race.
The Reds went top of the table with six matches to go after Sunday's 4-0 win over Tottenham, when the famous old ground reverberated to a wall of noise generated by supporters who believe the club's 24-year wait for a championship will soon be over.
Liverpool have dropped just five points on home turf all season, winning 14 of 16 matches, and are on a run of eight successive league victories.
Rivals Manchester City and Chelsea both have to visit this month and Rodgers hopes the Anfield factor will give them the necessary advantage.
"It's a swing in mentality," he said.
"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.
"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."
Rodgers has continually stressed it is unprecedented for a side to leap from seventh, where Liverpool finished in May, to first in one season and insists they are currently ahead of where he expected them to be.
He believes there is a way to go before they are at a level to consistently compete but thinks they are well on course to achieve that.
"We've still got improvements to make," he told LFCTV.
"We're looking to put something in place not just for now and this season but for the future.
"The process started 18 months ago (when he was appointed successor to club icon Kenny Dalglish) and it's continual."