It’s been almost a month since Liverpool last played at Anfield, but they couldn’t have asked for a more arduous task to make it a memorable ‘homecoming.’
After taking just one point from their last three Premier League matches, Jurgen Klopp’s underperformers return to their iconic stadium for the first time since a 7-0 rout of Manchester United.
However, with runaway league leaders Arsenal coming to town on Sunday, the Reds’ hopes of landing another overwhelming triumph are as far-fetched as it gets.
While they can always fall back on an outrageous six-match winning home league run against the Gunners, this is a transformed Arsenal side, with Mikel Arteta gunning for the crown on the back of a stellar season.
Following a 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool could lose both seasonal league encounters against the London powerhouse for the first time since 2009/10.
But while the visitors have the psychological advantage and are in far better shape going into this blockbuster fixture, Klopp believes the Anfield crowd could still be a critical factor in this ominously-looking affair for his side.
“At least for a while, we can mention, again, it’s Anfield,” he told the club’s website in the build-up.
“So, we are at home and still have to show reaction after reaction after reaction – we have to – and improvement.
“That’s what we will absolutely try on Sunday.”
Klopp’s words are no far from the truth, as given all of Liverpool’s problems with inconsistent displays and defensive blunders, they’ve been a force to be reckoned with at Anfield.
Except for an underwhelming 2-1 loss to relegation-battling Leeds United in October, the Reds have gone unbeaten in their remaining 12 home league outings this season (W9, D3).
They have yet to concede a Premier League goal on home turf in 2023, winning their last three top-flight games at Anfield by an aggregate score of 11-0 since a scoreless draw against Chelsea in January.
Even though this is no longer a formidable Liverpool side that used to tear other Premier League teams apart over the past few years, they’re still almost impossible to break at home.
But if there’s a side able to silence the reverberating Anfield atmosphere, it’s Arsenal.
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