Jan Molby on concerns surrounding Liverpool's early season home form


The former Liverpool midfielder has backed the side to improve as the season goes on.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has voiced an element of concern over the club's home performances so far this season, but thinks the side will get things right in time. 

The Reds have played three games in all competitions at Anfield, winning two and losing one - and even in the two home wins, Liverpool haven't been convincing. 

On the opening day of the season, they needed a goal from Daniel Sturridge 10 minutes from time to beat Southampton, and survive a couple of scares along the way - whilst late drama was also order of the day in the Champions League against Ludogorets. Combined with the home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend where the Reds showed a lack of cutting edge - the report card so far for Liverpool at home reads: 'must do better'.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby said: "If a team wants to come and play then we’ll be okay like at Tottenham where it was an open game. But against teams who don’t show much ambition and sit back we’ve found it tough.

"All three home performances so far have been similar as without Luis Suarez we’ve struggled to break teams down.

"A feature of last season was how well we started games at Anfield. Scoring early opens a game up but it just hasn’t happened for us so far this season.

"In the mean time we need to keep grinding out results like we did on Tuesday night in order to help confidence."

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said it will take time for his side to reach the same kind of level as last season, pointing out that they started the last campaign with three consecutive 1-0 wins. 

Molby has backed the call for patience but with such a high standard set last season, home form is going to be an important part of Liverpool's campaign, therefore it will be scrutinised closely.

Liverpool suffered an early season setback last season when they faced Southampton but managed to pick up the momentum which led to Anfield becoming amongst the hardest grounds in the country for opponents to play. A similar riposte over the coming weeks and months will satisfy those at the club.

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