HAS RODGERS DESTROYED THE ANFIELD FORTRESS?

In years gone by, any side coming to Anfield would be forgiven for feeling a little overawed at the thought of playing in front of the Kop, but against this current Liverpool side very few teams turn up expecting defeat.

Their laboured attacking play and defensive frailty means there is always an opportunity for a shock result, and without homegrown players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to really take games by the scruff of the neck and become engrossed in the atmosphere, there is a feeling many of the current squad are themselves unable to raise their game when they pass through the Shankly Gates.

Though the Anfield faithful are yet to really turn on Brendan Rodgers – there were only a smattering of boos at the final whistle – the pressure will only continue to mount if he cannot lift his side from their current malaise.

An unremarkable 1-0 win over Bournemouth was followed by a thumping defeat to West Ham, and a draw against Norwich did little to dispel the feeling that there is a fear of playing at home.

In the next 10 days Carlise United, Aston Villa and FC Sion all visit Merseyside, and Rodgers is well aware of the task that awaits him in lifting his side.

“We’ve got four games here to get our performance to where we want to be. It’s a special place to play but you’ve got to have courage to play here.

“You have to embrace it and you have to play positive football. When I first came here it was a fortress but now we’re having to build that again.”

The fact that it is taking him over 18 months since Luis Suarez left to instil a winning mentality into his side when they play at home is alarming and adds even more fuel to the reports he is losing the dressing room.

Managers with the biggest personalities are able to lift their players to play at home, but that seems beyond Rodgers at times. His whistling on the touchline is all he seems to be able to muster, and you feel his team need more passion from their manager if they are to become a force at Anfield once again.

Keeping home fans on side with positive performances is one of the most important factors for any manager, nevermind those that are most under pressure, and Rodgers needs results at Anfield sooner rather than later.

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