On Sunday afternoon Liverpool face Manchester City in their biggest match of the season.
A win for the Reds may not secure the Premier League title outright, but it would go a very long way to doing so. And given the star-names and young players currently on the books at the club, a title win could be the catalyst to propel Brendan Rodgers’ side back to the summit of English football for more than just a single season.
City may have the recent experience of both succesful and failed title chases, along with the games-in-hand that could make all the difference come mid-May, but Liverpool have something that could yet sway the balance at least when it comes to Sunday’s match.
Speaking to the club’s official website, former Red Dietmar Hamann revealed the power of the Anfield faithful is not something to underestimate.
“The Anfield crowd is a huge factor for Liverpool,” the German said. “I think in the past games have been won in the tunnel when the opposition hears, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
“Even though Manchester City are a very experienced side, some of their players will not have experienced an atmosphere like the one they are going to face on Sunday.”
Rodgers has also gone on record to cite the importance of Liverpool’s 12th man, but only time will tell if it proves decisive when Manuel Pellegrini’s side comes to town.
One thing is for sure, if Liverpool can win on Sunday, it will not just be another step towards a title that seemed little more than a pipe-dream at the start of the campaign. It will be a huge leap.
So expect that tunnel to be vibrating with the buzz of a crowd ready to play their part in what could be a legacy-defining match for Rodgers.