Reds fans key to Liverpool’s stunning form at Anfield
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has kept playing down Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season, although players from his side have admitted that the club is contending for the title this season.
The Reds can boast about their excellent home form as the reason behind their success, but as Rodgers’ pointed out its more than how the team plays on the field. Rodgers stated that he and his team had the fans to thank for their impressive run that has seen the club rise to the top of the league table.
Liverpool are now enjoying a three-month unbeaten run in the league, but they are to host Manchester City and Chelsea at Anfield soon. These will be key games to decide whether Liverpool fans can dream on about the Premier League title.
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling claims the fans have played a big role in the successful of the club. The Reds were greeted with thunderous applause and cheering ahead of the 2-1 win over Sunderland on Wednesday. A similar reception was met by the Liverpool team at Anfield at the 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Sterling said that the Anfield is hosting a “great atmosphere” these days, which is down to the club’s fans. The belief in success and the unity shown by the Reds’ fans has inspired Liverpool to play better.
“It feels like it is a good moment,” Sterling said. “It is the first time I have seen the fans like that -- I’ve heard about it in the Champions League -- but it was great to see it not only on Sunday but against Sunderland in midweek.
“It was a great atmosphere, the best I’ve seen. It is a credit to the fans. There is a real belief from the supporters and a togetherness too, not just with the fans but the players as well. Long may it continue.”
Sterling has been an important part of the Liverpool squad this year. Not only has the young English forward scored goals, but he has also been a regular player in the first-team. Sterling admits he has become a contender for a spot on England’s World Cup squad.
The assistant coach of England national team Ray Lewington was present at Anfield on Sunday to analyze the performance of the young players, including Sterling. The 19-year-old winger hasn’t been on the pitch for the last two games, but is confident of returning to the squad.