Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has called upon the fans to play their part in tonight’s home clash against West Ham, with the Reds knowing that victory will put them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Benitez understands the recent home performances against Fulham (0-0) and Marseille (1-0) have been less than inspiring, but has called upon the players, staff and fans to come together and reignite the form that sees the Reds flying so high in the league.
Ahead of tonight’s game, he said, “We noticed the atmosphere the other day but the fans know we are together. They know it has to be like that when you want to win trophies.
“They can win us the game, but we know we have to do something on the pitch, then they can react. You can understand them being nervous but it isn’t March or April yet.
“Maybe it transmits to some of the players but we are together. The fans know how important their support is.”
There will be a mosaic in support of the jailed Liverpool fan Michael Shields prior to kick off, and fans are being asked to chant ‘Free Michael’ for the opening 3 minutes of the game to show support ahead of a judicial review which takes place this Thursday.
Liverpool vs West Ham gets underway at 8pm at Anfield.