MARTIN SKRTEL believes the Anfield crowd can come to Liverpool’s aid as they bid to break with over two decades of history.

The Reds trail Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 heading into Thursday night’s Europa League second leg after a frustrating evening in Russia last week.

Liverpool had created several chances in the last 32 tie but were punished by two goals in two second half minutes.

Skrtel is under no illusions that the task facing Liverpool against his former club is a sizeable one but the Slovakian defender says an electric atmosphere generated by the home fans can go a long way to helping.

“The atmosphere at Anfield in European games is always special and the game on Thursday will be even more because we lost the first game and the crowd feel we need their help. I’m pretty sure they will help us,” he said.

“In football everything is possible. We’ll play at Anfield - we know the fans will be behind us and they’ll help us to get into the next round.

“It’s not going to be easy but if we can get an early goal that will help us a lot. Then just try to play our game, create chances and take them. We believe we can beat them at home.”

Liverpool were punished for defensive errors in Russia six days ago but Skrtel says everything is still to play for.

“It could be better. We lost the first leg 2-0 and that was not the best result for us,” he continued.

“But we’ve still got to play at Anfield - as we lost there 2-0, the same can happen to them at Anfield.

“We still have a shot and we will do everything possible and try our best to get a result and get us to the next round.

“We controlled the game and created four or five chances. Unfortunately we couldn’t take them and score a goal.

“That gives us belief for the next game - we created chances away so we’ll definitely create them at home.

“We just need to take them.”