Liverpool defender Joel Matip believes opposing teams should fear Anfield because it has now become a fortress. A comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton meant the Reds have scored in their last 21 home league matches – their longest run since the 23 they registered between March and August 1986.
Defensively it is equally impressive as they have not conceded a home league goal in 12-and-a-half hours, extended over eight matches – their longest sequence since a run of nine in 2006-07.
Overall, Liverpool have been beaten once in their last 34 home matches in all competitions – against West Brom in the FA Cup in January.
“I think it should always be a fear to come to Anfield as an opposing team,” said Matip.
“But we are working hard to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the opponent and we are on a good way. I think nobody enjoys to play here.”