Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recently called for Anfield to become a fortress.
The northern Irish manager is of the opinion that if his side to challenge for the title, they need to make it almost impossible for teams to come to the home of Liverpool and leave with any points at all.
I decided to do some research on the teams that have won the Premier League in the last decade, and the standard correlation points to the fact that Rodgers is right.
Every team that has gone on to win the Premier League in the last ten years has had the best home record in the Premier League.
03/04 Arsenal 15-4-0 for 49 points
04/05 Chelsea 14-5-0 for 47 points
05/06 Chelsea 18-1-0 for 55 points
06/07 Manchester United 15-2-2 for 47 points
07/08 Manchester United 17-1-1 for 52 points
08/09 Manchester United 16-2-1 for 50 points
09/10 Chelsea 17-1-1 for 52 points
10/11 Manchester United 18-1-0 for 55 points
11/12 Manchester City 18-1-0 for 55 points
12/13 Manchester United 16-0-3 for 48 points
Looking at the above table, you can easily work out that the winning teams were all very successful in their home stadium.
Teams have had to win at least 14 of the 19 home games they get each season. Often times, these teams would go undefeated in their home stadium, with Manchester United and Manchester City having done so in each of the last two seasons. Chelsea have also gone undefeated at home twice in the last decade.
This season, Liverpool's loss to Southampton was a shock and a warning. The Reds are currently in second place in the Premier League and will surely have a target sign on their back against whoever they play. However they did managed to bounce back from consecutive losses to Southampton and Manchester United with a 3-1 thumping of last place Sunderland.
Their next fixture is against promoted side Crystal Palace.
Palace made it to the Premier League through the play-off rounds, much like Swansea did when Rodgers was manager there.
Crystal Palace are currently in 19th in the Premier League table, while Liverpool are sitting in second, currently two points behind leaders Arsenal.
One gets the feeling that for Liverpool to maintain a realistic title challenge they need to return to the days when Anfield was a true fortress. Losses at home do not bode well for any side hoping to win the league, and Liverpool must ensure that they deal with Crystal Palace, and for the matter all those who visit the red half of Merseyside after that, in an assured and confident matter.
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