James Milner admits Liverpool's home form is letting them down

Anfield Night

The Reds have recorded memorable results on the road against Chelsea and Manchester City, but have yet to find their feet at Anfield this season.

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has admitted there is need for the Reds to improve their home form, telling the official Liverpool website that it is probably just that which is letting the side down at the moment. 

Manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of his desire to get a big win for the Reds in front of their home fans immediately after dismantling Manchester City 4-1 on their own patch.

The Reds have managed just the three wins inside 90 minutes in all competitions so far this season at Anfield, and Klopp has won one in four at Anfield since his arrival, a League Cup tie against Bournemouth. But with the wins on the road against Chelsea and Manchester City, the Reds have proved they are capable of competing and beating good sides.

Milner said: "It’s probably only the home form that’s let us down, but in a way that’s a pleasing thing because we know what we need to try and change. If we can improve our home form, we won’t be too far away and we’ll be in the area of the table that we want to be.

“We’re improving, the manager has come in and changed the way we want to play and the longer we’re together, the better we’ll get at that I’m sure. There are a number of signings and injuries we’ve had this season, so it’ll take time for people to bed in and for us to get one or two back as well.

“All these things come into the reckoning, although no-one’s used the injuries as an excuse because the quality we’ve got throughout the squad means we’ve got a more-than-good-enough squad to deal with them."

That seems to be the headline surrounding Liverpool right now. They have shown they are capable of winning big games away from home, now they just need to win regularly on their own patch, build that confidence, and try to make Anfield a fortress so they can have a good, strong season. 

Two games this week provide that opportunity for the Reds to build some momentum at home, and keep it going as a whole by trying to secure qualification from Group B in the Europa League when they take on Bordeaux, and try to climb the league table when they face Swansea City on Sunday.

Milner has mentioned injuries, and even though it has not been used as an excuse, in his words, it will become even less an issue in the coming games as the Reds are expected to get more and more players back into the side. 

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