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A relentless attacking trio, flying full-backs and a louder stadium has made Anfield formidable

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A relentless attacking trio, flying full-backs and a bigger, louder stadium has made Anfield formidable in Liverpool's 42-game unbeaten run at home... will Newcastle spoil Jurgen Klopp's party?The last time Liverpool lost a Premier League game at home was in April 2017 Since the defeat by Crystal Palace, Liverpool have turned Anfield into a fortressThey have won 32 and drawn 10 of their last 42 league fixtures at AnfieldHere, we take a look at the key ingredients behind their success on home soil 

It seems the old Anfield sign still has some life in it yet. The last time Liverpool lost a Premier League game at home was back in April 2017.

Since that loss against Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp's side have turned Anfield into a fortress once more, winning 32 and drawing 10 of their last 42 home league games. In that time, they have scored 110 goals and conceded just 22.

Victory over Arsenal last month continued that fine run, which has stretched over two full seasons and has been the foundation of their phenomenal rise in recent years.

But what have been the key ingredients to their success on home soil in recent years? Ahead of their next home match against Newcastle on Saturday, Sportsmail looks at some key factors... 

Liverpool are on a remarkable 42-match unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield 

Jurgen Klopp's side take on Newcastle at home in the league in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off


September 14: Liverpool vs Newcastle

October 5: Liverpool vs Leicester

October 27: Liverpool vs Tottenham

November 9: Liverpool vs Man City

November 30: Liverpool vs Brighton

December 4: Liverpool vs Everton

December 14: Liverpool vs Watford

December 28: Liverpool vs Wolves 


For years Liverpool struggled to break down teams who came to Anfield with little or no intention of leaving their half. It's a familiar problem for top teams, particularly at home, and one made more difficult without the kind of lock-picking playmaker who can create something from nothing.

Manchester City are brilliant at battering lesser teams, thanks in no small part to the genius of David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne. Liverpool don't have that kind of player - and haven't since the departure of Philippe Coutinho. Roberto Firmino is brilliant at linking their attack together, but Jurgen Klopp has developed a new way of breaking teams down.

He has transformed the role of Liverpool's full backs to the extent that Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are now arguably their most crucial attacking providers.

Last season they picked up more Premier League assists than any other player in Red - a combined 23 - and in this run of 42 home games unbeaten only Mohamed Salah (14) has more than Robertson (12) and Alexander-Arnold (11).

By pushing their full backs so high, Liverpool can circumvent sides who sit deep, narrow and squeeze the space between midfield and defence.

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are arguably the most crucial attacking players


Liverpool's transfer chiefs will say it's more judgement than luck that Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane have turned out to be three of the Premier League's deadliest attackers.

But the Merseyside club have been fortunate that all three have stayed relatively injury-free over the past few years. They are arguably greater the sum of their parts and that Klopp has been able to stick with a consistent front three has helped his cause no end.

Between them, Mane (7), Salah (2) and Firmino (4) have only missed 13 of the Reds' last 42 home league games. In fact, over that period, Gini Wijnaldum (37) is the only other Liverpool player to feature in at least 35 home games.

It's paying off. Mane (24), Salah (35) and Firmino (15) are unsurprisingly Liverpool's three highest scorers in that time, and also the players with the most combined goals and assists. Between them they have had a hand in 99 of Liverpool's 110 goals since that defeat by Palace.

Liverpool's deadly front three continue to deliver for the Champions League winners


It should come as no surprise that Liverpool's recent rise has coincided with the expansion of their stadium. The new Main Stand was unveiled in September 2016, increasing the ground's size by around 8,500 seats and taking the overall capacity to 54,074. There are plans in the works to increase that further.

Of course, the new stand has helped the atmosphere at Anfield. For all the character of the old Main Stand, more fans means more noise under the lights.

But the expansion of Anfield is about more than a few extra bums on seats. The £100million development is symbolic of Liverpool's new stability and power off the pitch, too. Under FSG, the club has finally been given the platform to kick on. The Reds are once again competing with some of the biggest players in the transfer window and Klopp's side carry the swagger of a side that belongs at the top table.

Led by their brilliant manager, Liverpool have the players to remain among the elite for some time. And now they have a stadium to match their ambition.

The Premier League giants' brilliant form has coincided with the expansion of their stadium


Even the best teams and best players must ride the wave of fortune at times. And on this incredible run of results, Liverpool have been no different.

For all the brilliance of Salah, Mane, Firmino and Co - and the tactical ingenuity of their manager - Liverpool have needed the help of lady luck at times.

Since defeat by Crystal Palace, the Reds have scored six goals later in the 90th minute or later. Of course, last-gasp goals are often about more than good fortune - rather they can symbolise a side which refuses to give up, and whose players are fitter than the opposition. Only three of those late goals, meanwhile, have directly impacted the result.

But two among them highlight how Liverpool have rode their luck, too. Against Tottenham last season, Hugo Lloris' save hit Toby Alderweireld and dribbled over the line to keep the Reds' title hopes on track. And most famously against rivals Everton in December 2018, Jordan Pickford made a hash of a high ball and gifted Divock Origi the chance to win the derby.

Often late winners can mean more than three points, too. They can kick-start or reignite a season.

Divock Origi took advantage of a huge slick of luck at the death late on against rivals Everton


All good things must come to an end. Someone will soon spoil the party at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers could possess the know-how to help Leicester upset his former side on October 5, but the smart money may be on Tottenham, who visit at the end of next month after Liverpool's trip to Genk. Though the Reds are on a four-game unbeaten run against Mauricio Pochettino's side, that belies the troubles Spurs have caused in recent visits to Anfield.

Lloris' error cost them a point last season and two late goals saw the spoils shared in 2018, too. Remarkably it's more than eight years since their last win in the league at Anfield. They may just be due one.

Of course, the next chance falls to Steve Bruce's Newcastle, who have had an inconsistent start to the season. They won away at Tottenham which is no mean feat but it is their only win after four games so far.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to end the Reds' run when they meet on October 27


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