Brendan Rodgers hails Anfield factor in title race

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that their performances at Anfield this season have played a huge part in their progression into Premier League title contenders.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that making Anfield a fortress has been key to their charge towards the Premier League title this season.

The Reds thrashed visiting Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on Sunday to record their 14th home win from 16 top-flight games and climb to the top of the table.

Rodgers has revealed that his side feel confident in expressing their positive, attacking playing style on their own turf and has credited the atmosphere inside Liverpool's famous stadium as a reason for that.

"It's a swing in mentality," he told reporters. "When you have a home ground like Anfield, and you've got the army of supporters that we have, you've got to really own the field. This is our pitch, our supporters, our ground, so our mentality is to own it.

"We've got an aggressive mentality at home, to win, to score goals and equally to defend. You put those things together, along with the supporters - who were immense [on Sunday], arguably the best atmosphere I've felt at Anfield - and it's a really strong force that you have.

"It's great oxygen for us, as a team and management. It's great that the supporters have got that belief. That's so important for them, it's vital that they feel they can dream. For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard, because there's a process to dreaming. You've got to get the work done, or else it doesn't happen. We just narrow our focus onto each game. It's brilliant for the supporters to come to Anfield now to see their team win and see their team play dominating football."

Liverpool still have title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City to play at Anfield this campaign.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014
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