Liverpool's home form has been a concern this season, but Anfield witnessed a second home victory in the Jürgen Klopp era. Victory over Swansea City on Sunday would be a fine way to round off a solid month of results with the notable exception of the home reverse against Crystal Palace. The big victories under Klopp have come away from Anfield so far, and while next month sees Liverpool play primarily at opposition grounds, progress must be made at home whenever possible.
Before Liverpool welcome Leicester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United to Anfield in the space of a month, there are winnable fixtures against Swansea and West Bromwich Albion. With all due respect to two solid Premier League sides, they present an opportunity for Liverpool to get a taste of home league wins before tougher tests at Anfield. Improving the club's home form is something Kolo Touré is aware of and eager to remedy.
"Of course we want to get the kind of results at home that we’ve been getting away," the 34-year-old said. "We need to learn to just be calm when we play at home and not feel the stress. That fear factor has been missing a little bit and we need to get that back. That’s why the Swansea game is very important. If we want to be a great team then our home form has to be good.
"Every team coming here must get the feeling that there is no chance for them here. Visiting Anfield must be a nightmare for teams and they need to feel that. With the fans behind us, we have to put them under pressure. There is no better feeling than to win against City in their own house. It makes you feel that you can win against any team. Confidence is growing and now we need to play to that level against Swansea."
The absence of a midfielder who can dictate tempo and provide a calming influence may be something for Klopp to look at in future transfer windows, but for now, getting a first league win at home under Klopp will do. There's also the fact that Liverpool have not won a league game after Europa League action. Sunday's game at Anfield will be an opportunity for Liverpool to build some momentum at Anfield to take into 2016.