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Liverpool must improve home form if they want top four

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Once upon a time, Anfield was a fortress. Clubs would arrive on Merseyside in fear of the famous atmosphere that the Kop generated and almost every visiting team would consider a draw as a fantastic result.

However, these days many clubs would consider a draw at Anfield as two points dropped with Liverpool really struggling in front of their own fans. 

Poor performance

It's something that new manager Jurgen Klopp needs to address and he knows it. During Liverpool's 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend, many fans left Anfield early knowing that they had just witnessed another poor performance and result on home soil.

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Klopp was, understandably, pretty frustrated at the Liverpool fans and their lack of belief saying that he "felt alone."

However, the 48-year-old acknowledged that the fans may have been heading home early due to Liverpool's poor record at home.

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"We are responsible, we have to make sure that nobody can leave the stadium a minute before the last whistle because anything can happen. That's what we have to show. Today, we didn't."

The thing is, Liverpool fans knew all too well what was going to happen: nothing.

Wretched

It's no secret that their home form has been nothing short of wretched. Scraping a controversial 1-0 win against newly promoted Bournemouth and edging past Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa 3-2 thanks to a brace from Daniel Sturridge is hardly convincing. 

Other than those two narrow victories, it makes pretty grim reading. A 3-0 thrashing by West Ham was the first sign of home jitters before a disappointing draw against Norwich. A strong home side couldn't even find their way past League Two Carlisle as they needed a penalty shoot-out to progress.

The two Europa League ties against Sion and Rubin Kazan saw 1-1 draws whilst Southampton's last equaliser meant that their Premier League clash ended in the same scoreline.

Woe

Klopp did manage a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup, but it was more woe for the Anfield crowd last time out as Palace left Liverpool with all three points.

The last team in the Premier League to have lost more than three matches at home and still finished in the top four is Everton back in the 2004/05 season. Liverpool already have two defeats to their name so, based on that statistic, they can only afford one more defeat at Anfield if they want to finish in the top four.

Importance

The statistic epitomises the importance of home form. All the big clubs win their home matches so Liverpool must follow suit. Klopp has to sort out this issue as soon as possible before it's too late to challenge for a top four spot. 

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