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Joe Allen Wants to Make Anfield a Fortress Again

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Midfielder Joe Allen sat down with LFCTV and discussed the next game against Southampton and how Liverpool need to improve their performances at home.

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Since that infamous loss against Chelsea at Anfield in April 2014, Liverpool's home record has taken a sharp nosedive. A team's campaign can hinge on taking advantage of the home field to rack up three points. A disappointing draw or even loss away isn't as disastrous if they can take care business at home. For instance, losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season wouldn't have stung so badly if it hadn't been preceded by a truly horrendous loss to West Ham at home the week before.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen understands this frustration, and in an interview with LFCTV, he talked about his desire for the team to once again make Anfield a place that opponents fear.

"It’s huge [home form] for any team, but I think if you look back to the season where we finished runners-up our home form was incredible," Allen told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Teams were dreading coming to Anfield and you almost felt that walking out onto the pitch, and you were ahead already, so that’s what we want to try and recreate and we want to give the fans things to cheer about.

"We want good results, exciting performances and I think the brand of football the manager wants to bring is going to do that in itself.

"I think the supporters will respond really well to it and it only takes one or two things to set that ball rolling, and hopefully we can go on a great run at Anfield."

They'll get their chance to start turning around their home form this Sunday when Southampton are set to visit. It won't be an easy task, though, because Southampton have been playing well this season, thanks largely to excellent form of striker Graziano Pelle. The team has already embarrassed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season, beating the titleholders 3-1.

Allen made it clear that they know the danger of the opposition and won't underestimate them.

"Even before the start of this season and even the previous 18 months before that they have really proved themselves to be one of the top teams in the Premier League," he said.

"It’s certainly not an easy game for us. Early on last season in this fixture we found it very tough to get the win, so we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels for this game.

"They are unbeaten away from home as well, so it’s one I’m sure that will test us, but we’ll take the positives from the game at White Hart Lane and use them to get us that win."

Certainly positives could be taken from both the Tottenham ad Rubin Kazan games, but the team's impotency in front of goal remains a considerable problem. Christian Benteke looks set to start the game after coming on as a substitute on Thursday. His talent in front of goal has been missed for the last few weeks, but star Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is still dealing with an injured knee and likely won't feature.

The team desperately needs the likes of Philippe Coutinho, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana to stand up and be counted on Sunday if they're going to get the result they're hoping for.