Rio Ferdinand believes the home crowd fed into the Liverpool player’s nervousness during their 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Anfield.
Liverpool got off the mark in the third minute through a Sadio Mané goal, but failed to build on that lead thereafter and conceded a Harry Maguire equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
The former Manchester United defender said the crowd’s reaction fed into the player’s performance, stunting their ability to get back into the game and get a vital win:
"They looked nervous, the crowd were nervous and that fed into the players."
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“I think they looked nervous,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Bar the first few minutes where they got the early goal, I think the crowd were nervous.
“That fed into the players and that’s something that I think Klopp won’t be worried about, but will address that I’m sure in the coming days.”