Anfield is no longer a fortress for Liverpool

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As Liverpool struggled at home to Norwich on Sunday, one thing started to become apparent, they look more afraid of playing at Anfield than the opposition do, why?

The natives are restless after another less than impressive performance at home. Where an opposing Norwich team took advantage of Liverpool’s malaise and came away with a deserved point.

Anfield has always been famous for its atmosphere and whole-hearted support of the team, but on Sunday there was an atmosphere of trepidation and uncertainty, that rolls down from the stands to the players.


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Liverpool’s first half display was poor, lacking in good movement and speed of build-up play, which made it easy for Norwich to defend. This built on the already growing frustration from the previous home loss to West Ham.

Starting with three at the back exacerbated the fans, as it seems that Brendan Rodger's is still not clear on his best formation and starting 11.

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In his after match press conference, as per the Evening Standard, Rodgers said: "There was a feeling of anxiety when I came in. We made it a fortress. Now we have to build it again."

That anxiety is there for a reason, Liverpool fans don't know what to expect when turning up to Anfield these days.

For one season out of three under Rodgers, Anfield was that fortress, putting teams to the sword, dispatching them with fast incisive passing and killer movement.

This is just not present anymore; an organised and hard working, albeit average, Norwich side turned up and got their point. 

The Canaries had two good chances and scored from one, but crucially showed no fear in their play.

Liverpool fans are tired of hearing about being in transition, which is what Rodgers is selling to the Liverpool support again. 

A team cannot be in transition forever, there comes a point where the talking must stop and action must be seen.

This frustration cannot be hidden by the supporters anymore and is transmitted through the unease around Anfield on match days. 

The Kop was quieter than ever on Sunday. If the team shows passion and commitment the fans have something to get behind.

Rodgers is not new to Anfield, it is three years in and with no sign of the identity he planned to imprint on the club.

Patience has run dry amongst most Reds fans and they don't see Rodgers as the man to carry them forward. It remains to be seen if Anfield will ever become the fortress it once was and what the fans crave.

This dream seems as far away as it ever has under Rodgers at Liverpool.

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