Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the ’emotion’ generated by Liverpool fans due to the longing to secure their first league title since 1990, can affect the team’s performances on the pitch.
Rodgers came within a whisker of winning the Premier League with the Reds in the 2013/14 season, but a costly loss to Chelsea at Anfield and a dramatic away draw against Crystal Palace, allowed Man City to swoop in and win the title.
Anfield is quite rightly famed for being one of the most atmospheric grounds in World football, but such is Liverpool’s fans desire to win the league that they became extremely anxious during the recent 1-1 draw with Leicester, with many claiming that this transmitted on to the pitch and adversely affected the Reds players.
Rodgers has urged Jurgen Klopp to try to manage that emotional connection with the fans.
“The last fourteen games, we actually won twelve of them and drew one, and obviously the big loss for us was the Chelsea game, and we still ended up losing the title,” Rodgers said on talkSPORT.
“It’s one where it’s very difficult. It’s an incredible club, the support base is amazing, but because it’s so long [since winning a title], the emotion can have an effect.
“It’s trying to manage that, keep that calmness. Use that emotional connection but also try to ensure that you don’t over-think it and just play the game rather than the whole process, which is trying to win the league.”
Liverpool currently sit five points clear of reigning Champions Man City at the top of the table, with 14 games remaining.