Liverpool FC: Reds will be ‘flying’ once they’ve secured first home win, says Brendan Rodgers
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers admits he expects his side to “fly” once they have overcome the hurdle of securing their first home win of the season.
The Reds, who entertain Reading today, have won just two league matches at Anfield in 2012, the last coming against Chelsea in May.
So far they have taken two points from four home games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Stoke. And Rodgers is grateful fans have not turned their frustrations on the team.
“When you look at the majority of our home games our performance level has been good and we’ve been unfortunate not to pick up a result,” said the Northern Irishman.
“Our biggest focus now is just to get some consistency in our results.
“The reality in 2012 is we have won two league games at Anfield and, on top of that, it is over a year since there has been back-to-back Premier League (home) wins.
“Thankfully, within the ground the supporters are fantastic, when you think of that record. If you came to Anfield and you see how supportive the fans are it is absolutely phenomenal really.
“The big drive and our only focus is looking to get consistency in our results and then we can move forward. It is up to us, there is only the group of players and ourselves who can change that.
“We have to focus on what we can control, go into the game with a clear, defined plan and if it’s not working then be flexible in terms of looking to put that right.
“Once we get that result then hopefully we can fly from there. We really want to make our home ground a fortress.”
In last week’s episode of the television documentary Being: Liverpool, Rodgers was filmed before the opening day of the campaign showing his squad three envelopes, inside which he claimed he had written the names of three people he predicted would let down the team this season.
Rodgers is keen to keep his players on their toes mentally and will employ similar methods throughout the season.
“You are always looking to motivate players and you find different ways of doing it,” he said.
“I think the players quite enjoyed it wanting to know whether they were in (the envelope) or not.
“I always search for ways to motivate them, especially with top players because top players like the challenge. My job is to provide motivation and managers and coaches do it in different ways.”
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