Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool must show ‘courage and bravery’ at Anfield
The Liverpool manager discusses the importance of their upcoming home games
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool must show “bravery and courage” in front of the Kop in their next three games at Anfield.
The Reds limped to a 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Sunday afternoon which has left the Merseyside outfit further off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.
There’s a big history here at Anfield, but embrace it and ensure you take the risk. You have to risk and you have to play positive football
Liverpool have scored just two goals in three Premier League at Anfield and have only managed to beat newly-promoted Bournemouth thanks to a controversial goal.
The five-time European champions face Carlisle United, Aston Villa and FC Sion over the next two weeks across three different competitions, and Rodgers is pleased to have home advantage despite their recent form.
“I think it [three consecutive home games] is a positive for us. We knew we had four games here to get our performance level to where we want it to be,” Rodgers told his post-match media conference.
“The big thing for Liverpool, and I’ve always said to the players, is the beauty of playing at Anfield. 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 here at Anfield, but embrace it and ensure you take the risk. You have to risk and you have to play positive football.
“I had the same feeling when I first came in – there was a feeling of anxiety around the team, but we went on and it became a real fortress for us here.
“Unfortunately, now we’re having to rebuild that again and get the focus back on being really positive at home. I saw signs of that in particular in the second half.”
Liverpool have dropped to 13th place in the Premier League following their stalemate with the Canaries on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds face Tim Sherwood’s struggling Aston Villa side in their next top-flight outing on Saturday 26 September.