Watching this CL final we should have retained our European title. I think the few weeks rest not just physically but mentally will do us good for retaining the PL but it's really frustrating watching. I've been told I'm being a greedy git but for me it's simple Alisson plays against Atletico we'd have won number 7 😠
Except it's not that simple. He played against Atletico and we lost. We won just 4 games. Bayern won every game and scored 43 goals. The best team in it this year won it. I don't think we can have many complaints tbh.
He didn't say the players or anyone are making excuses or that they won't give their all. Just that our team gets more of a lift from our support than other teams, and I noticed that on my very first trip to England more than 20 years ago. There is something extra about the atmosphere at Anfield. It's not just a slogan or cliche. That lift becomes even more important with the way Jürgen's teams play. Along with the footballing excellence, it requires a lot of emotion and our support gives that a boost.
Take that away and it impacts us more than other teams. Doesn't mean we can't win, but it's a real factor.
It's true that the atmosphere is a factor behind our performances for the biggest games, but for early kos, it is rather less of a factor.
I'm sure lots of clubs say their support lifts them, but the reality is everyone is locked out of stadiums for the moment. We know why it has to be that way atm, so it's no excuse to say we need a crowd to do the job.
We scored 3 at Brighton, 4 at home to Palace, 5 at home to Chelsea, so when we need to play well without a crowd, then we've shown we can step it up. Because we're going to have to for the foreseeable future. It could be at least 12 months before Anfield is full again.