Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the support at Anfield is giving them all the motivation they need to be crowned Premier League champions this season.
Liverpool stormed to the top of the table on Sunday with just six matches to play after the 4-0 hammering of Tottenham at Anfield, and their success in front of the Kop have been a key factor in their surge up the table.
With fellow title challengers Manchester City and Chelsea still to visit Anfield, Rodgers feels his side have the mental edge over their opponents in their pursuit of a first league title in 24 years.
The Reds’ have won 14 of their 16 Premier League games at Anfield so far, scoring 48 times while only conceding 13 goals, and Rodgers believes that his team’s home form may just give them the edge as they aim to win their first league crown since 1990.
“It’s a swing in mentality,” Rodgers told reporters. “When you have a home ground like Anfield, and you’ve got the army of supporters that we have, you’ve got to really own the field.
“This is our pitch, our supporters, our ground, so our mentality is to own it. We’ve got an aggressive mentality at home, to win, to score goals and, equally, to defend.
“You put those things together, along with the supporters – who were immense [on Sunday], arguably the best atmosphere I’ve felt at Anfield – and it’s a really strong force that you have.
“It’s great oxygen for us, as a team and management.”
Rodgers added: “It’s great that the supporters have got that belief. That’s so important for them; it’s vital that they feel they can dream.
“For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard because there’s a process to dreaming. You’ve got to get the work done, or else it doesn’t happen. We just narrow our focus onto each game.
“It’s brilliant for the supporters to come to Anfield now to see their team win and see their team play dominating football.”