Liverpool are now nine points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table and eight points clear of their nearest rivals, at this moment in time, in Leicester City.
Vincent Kompany and Roy Keane have paid tribute to Liverpool supporters at Anfield by stating how tough of an environment it is to play in as an opposition player.
Liverpool recorded a 3-1 win over Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, as Jurgen Klopp’s men used home advantage to open up an eight-point lead on second-placed Leicester City in the table.
Anfield has always been a tough place for Manchester City to go, and that was showcased at the weekend when Liverpool burst into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League (10/11/19), former Manchester United and Manchester City duo Keane and Kompany had nothing but praise for how tough the fans make it at Anfield, as he stated that playing in that environment means taking an aggressive approach works ‘against you’.
“I think that’s the biggest part I miss already is these kinds of games, competing, knowing everything is at stake,” Kompany told Sky Sports. “You lose everything is going to be taken out of proportion and if you win they’ll make you better than you already are.
“But these kinds of games at Anfield for us have been traditionally been difficult so talking about the approach [in how to win at Anfield], I still don’t think you get your best games here when you show excessive bravery. At many other places, you do, but in this environment, for some reason, it works against you.
Keane on how much of a handicap it is coming to Anfield: “It’s one of the toughest places to come. Even when I played against Liverpool when they weren’t their strongest they are now, we knew it was one of the toughest games of the season because of the supporters. I know you have never seen a supporter make a tackle or score a goal. But they do have a huge effect on their own team and the opposition, so certainly one of the toughest places I have experienced.”
If Liverpool are to win the Premier League title at the end of the season then their games at Anfield could be the games that push them over the line.
If they encounter any difficulties away from home and, as a result, drop points when they’re not expected to then picking up maximum points in front of their own supporter might just provide them with that comfort that they need.
Someone like Andy Robertson is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League at Anfield, which just goes to show the pressures certain opposition players and managers are under before a ball is even kicked.