Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has highlighted the absence of Anfield supporters as the main reason for a stunning reversal of fortune in their home form.
After losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017, the Reds embarked on an impressive 68-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League on their own patch, which ended in surprise when Burnley won in Merseyside in January.
The setback against the Clarets started a six-game losing streak at home – a run that even surprised Klopp as he previewed Saturday’s visit to Aston Villa, live Sky Sports Premier League.
While Klopp has admitted that the inability of spectators to attend matches does not fully explain the situation, he believes the inability to appeal to a fan base widely regarded as one of the best in the country has made ravages.
“One of the main reasons is that there are no crowds, there is no doubt about it,” he said.
“A lot of teams have this problem. Other than that the reason we haven’t won the home games is that we haven’t played well enough, not in all of them.
“There were home games where we lost where I thought at other times, even without a crowd, we would or should have won this game for sure, but we didn’t.
“Now we have a four-game home losing streak? Six home games in a row – wow! That’s a long time. We have to change. But that’s not how can I change that in training or whatever it is, we have to get in the right direction mentality.
“For a long time no one could really explain why we were so strong at home, at least in terms of results. Now it’s not easy to explain but the main reason we are not exactly the same is because our supporters we miss.
“It’s like that, but it won’t change. We’ve played some really good games without supporters at home and that’s what we need to do now. We want to get out of the season as much as we can.”
Sadio Mane, meanwhile, has struggled in front of goal recently, finding the back of the net just once in his last 12 top-flight starts and Klopp admitted the problem could play in the striker’s mind. Senegalese.
“We all know how good Sadio Mane is and what a player he is,” Klopp said.
“The numbers, in terms of scoring, are not very good for us at the moment. He knows that. With a player with Sadio’s mindset, he wants to do very well.
“I’m not worried but I can see it too, it’s clear. We’re working on it, that’s the only answer I can give. There is no physical problem for Sadio, no real one. We have. all need breaks from time to time but this is not a general problem.
“If you don’t score for a while, the attackers start thinking. And there comes a time when you start thinking about exactly the right things again, and then you’ll be fine again.
“We have to make sure this time is not too far.”
Liverpool, seventh in the table and three points behind the top four, host a side from Villa who beat them 7-2 in the reverse game in early October.
When asked if he would show his players footage from the game to galvanize them, Klopp replied: “Certainly not. We watched it after the game. We explained why things happened that night- the.
“Everything has changed since then so it doesn’t make sense to go back and talk about these things. It doesn’t help to review the goals. If it could help I would be the first to show them but it doesn’t help. would not help.
“If you have your worst performance for a very, very long time and six months later, someone walks around the corner in a similar situation (and says), ‘By the way, don’t do it again. won’t. to you. “