Liverpool have gone unbeaten at home this whole season, but how much of that good fortune came down to the fans cheering on their favorite players and intimidating the competition?
Liverpool will welcome Crystal Palace to their home on Wednesday, and it will be a high stakes chance to find out. The Reds are only two wins away from the Premier League title with eight games still to play. A victory against Palace would be a huge step towards that goal.
But how does it feel playing in an empty Anfield?
Jürgen Klopp knows that nothing can compare, but he also knows that there’s no point in complaining about something they can’t change.
Klopp admits that Wednesday’s game will be, “Very. Very different.
“But I actually only think about this when I get asked about it because we trained for four weeks or more now, we were in a lockdown for an awful lot of time, so that means we knew it would be there.
“My rule for life is things I cannot change I don’t really think about and that’s how it is.
“Football is not the same without supporters, 100 per cent. Football would not be the game without supporters if they would never have been there, 100 per cent. But in this moment, it’s only a period where we have to play without supporters.”
While no amount of banners or flags or canned music piped in over the speakers can replace the throbbing, ecstatic cheering of 50,000 people, hopefully being so close to winning the title will be enough encouragement to get Liverpool back to their winning ways.