How Liverpool Fans Can Play Their Part in Anfield Premier League Title Push

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentMarch 27, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  General View of scarves for sale on a merchandise stall prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on March 26, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As Liverpool enter their final seven games of the Premier League season, they will need any advantage they can get over their rivals to have the edge in the most exciting title race in years—and the fans can have a massive say in it too.

Supporters turned Anfield into a theatre of sound on Wednesday night for Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland. There was a real sense of hope, belief and faith in what is happening at the club right now.



A Sea Of Red

The famous red flags and banners met the team bus on its arrival down Anfield Road in scenes not seen in L4 since the vibrant European nights of the 2000s. There’s a buzz, an excitement and a very positive vibe as fans sing about Brendan Rodgers leading the club “on our way to glory.”

The scenes inside the ground were a beautiful sight to behold—scarves held aloft and the slogan “Anything is possible for those who believe” stretched across the front of the Kop. What wonderful imagery—passion personified.

With the roar of the Liverpool faithful, home and away, Rodgers’ side can beat anyone in their tracks. They will need that support and extra push to continue the momentum that has seen seven consecutive victories. The players can see how much a league title would mean to fans of this football club.

Daniel Agger was left lost for words from the show of support, telling after the match:

It reminded me a bit of the Champions League days. It was amazing.

It just shows how good a support we have and we have to give everything to try and win these games, because when you get support like that… it’s difficult to describe.

Rodgers shares the sentiment that the support on such a scale as Liverpool fans showed on Wednesday night can help reach the three points on offer, telling

As we were driving in, to get that support and then to have that in the stadium - the supporters really lifted us when it got to 2-1. They got us over the line tonight.



Former Glories Carried By The Kop

The 12th man of the Kop and the rest of Anfield has been key to Liverpool success of the past.

Former defender Tommy Smith told the Liverpool Echo in 2008 that the supporters helped the Reds to their 3-1 European Cup semi-final, first leg win against Inter Milan in 1965:

The Italians thought they had heard noise in the San Siro I can tell you they had never experienced anything like the noise from the Anfield fans as the cup was carried round. When we heard the crowd I could understand how intimidating it was for the Italians. But it gave us a great lift. People talk about the atmosphere at the St Etienne game, when David Fairclough was the hero, and Istanbul, but that night against Inter Milan was something special. 

In 2005, Xabi Alonso, as per LFC History, extended his hand of gratitude to fans for helping Liverpool through to the European Cup final after a pulsating semi-final, second leg win over Chelsea:

Liverpool’s fans definitely intimidated Chelsea at Anfield… I want to thank the fans for playing such a big part in helping us reach the final. 

Even staunch rival, Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, could not deny the the intensity of an Anfield crowd, telling Sky Sports in 2012: 

You could be playing against an average Liverpool team and it would still be one of the toughest games of the season, just because the crowd drive them on and the tradition between the two clubs.



All Together Now

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring the first goal with his team-mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on March 26, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex
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After years of disarray, Liverpool feels united again and the bond between the team, staff and fans is becoming something special.

As Rodgers leads the players towards the end of the season run-in, the test of title credentials will not be answered solely on the pitch, but in the stands too.