Wednesday, 19th February, 2014
Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes that teams are once again trembling with fear when they visit Anfield, feeling the club's recent 5-1 drubbing of Arsenal at the ground has only reinforced that.
The Reds have surprised this term by being involved in the title race and, with just 12 games left to play in the Premier League, Liverpool are fourth and only four points behind leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool's home form has been a big reason for that, with the Reds having won eleven of their 13 league games at Anfield, losing just once.
And Rush believes the fear-factor is now firmly back with opposing teams making the journey.
"The opening 20 minutes against Arsenal was just phenomenal. We were 4-0 up and could have had even more goals", he was quoted as saying by the club's site.
"We're starting games quickly and that makes a big difference. An early goal always gets the crowd going. If you're going to be successful then you need to be winning your home games. Now teams are coming to Anfield fearing what's going to happen.
"They are thinking: 'We can't really attack too much because we will get done'. Trying to just defend isn't working for visiting teams either as we have learned how to break teams down.
"Brendan [Rodgers] has got the players believing in themselves and you can see that confidence levels are high. We're playing attacking football which is exciting to watch.
"The crowd sense that belief at Anfield and they really get behind the team. If we go into those games against Chelsea and [Manchester] City knowing if we beat them we could go above them, then I think the crowd will make a big difference for us."