Jurgen Klopp wants to make Anfield a fortress again

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Jurgen Klopp expressed his love of Anfield and the impact the home fans can have on the team's form after his sides 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night, with the charismatic German planning on making Anfield a fortress once more.

The Reds' home form has improved dramatically under Klopp, with eight wins, four draws and no losses, in the last twelve home matches since Stoke City claimed a 1-0 win in the Capital One cup semi-final in January.

That run includes famous European victories against rivals Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal, as well as dominating Premier League victories over the likes of Stoke City and Manchester City, winning 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.


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However, not all of the games at Anfield have been so spectacular, with disappointing draws like the 2-2 with Newcastle United and 1-1 with Chelsea. While the atmosphere in the stadium is usually loud and inspiring, those draws have seen subdued atmospheres.

Speaking at a press conference before the game, Klopp acknowledged the importance of restoring Anfield's reputation as a fortress to help secure future silverware with Liverpool. He also expressed his love for the stadium he now calls home.

He said: "[It's] very important. The difference is big. When I came here we had a few problems at home.

"We didn't score often enough, the opponent didn't need too many chances to score, and that was not too cool. We also had the set piece [issue].

"We created some stability, that's the truth. We worked longer together, that helps, it always helps in life and football.

"Of course, if you can create atmospheres at Anfield like we did sometimes, then it should be a real force. a real strength, this stadium".

Anfield has been undergoing expansion to its main stand, adding around another 8,500 seats, taking the maximum capacity to around 54,000. The famous 'This Is Anfield' sign was even removed during the week to allow for the completion of construction now the Reds' final home game of the season has been played.

"Next year I'm really looking forward to the new stand and we have more people in the stadium - that will be great," Klopp added.

"To be successful it's important that you win games and to use the advantage of a home game is the first step in the right direction." 

However, Klopp was frustrated with the atmosphere against Chelsea, expressing his disappointment with the fan's impatience while also praising the Anfield support as he has done on numerous occasions this season.

Eden Hazard gave the Blues the lead in the first half before a late stoppage time Christian Benteke header equalised for the home side.

He said "I love this stadium and I love this atmosphere, but everybody lost patience tonight - the crowd too."

Despite an impressive first season in England, it looks like he still has some work to do in returning Liverpool and Anfield to their former glory days.

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