When Liverpool kickoff against West Brom this evening, it will mark the first time this season that the Reds have had two consecutive home games. And with Tottenham due for an Anfield showdown on Tuesday night, that streak will be extended to a nearly-unthinkable three games.
Rightback and unbreakable cyborg Nathaniel Clyne is hoping to finally start using the increased number of games at Anfield as the advantage it should be.
"At the start of the season, we were playing most of our games away and we were doing well," Clyne told the club’s official website. "Now it's a chance for us, with the Main Stand being finished, to put a run of games together at home and put some good displays on for the fans.
"We've done really well this season home and away and we want to continue putting on good performances and try to get a good result against West Brom."
Without European football this campaign, Liverpool obviously have a great deal more time for both recovery and training between matches. For Clyne—who featured in a staggering 52 matches last season—he sees the extra time off as mostly positive.
"There's more preparation time, more time for recovery, more time on the training field to work on getting better as a team and training well. You could say there's less fatigue. Last season we were playing two times a week - and this season it's once a week, so there's less fatigue and you're going into games fresher and sharper.”
Of course, when Clyne talks about fatigue, it can only be assumed he’s referring to other players. When speaking about himself, he lamented the unbearably long times between games.
"There's more waiting time, waiting for games to play. I just love enjoying games so whenever the weekend comes around, you're looking forward to it."
Hopefully Clyne & Co. can turn this impatience into the type of energetic performance we’ve seen from the Reds this season, and not another drab performance like we saw last time out at Anfield against Manchester United.