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Shaqiri accounts for Liverpool’s miserable form at Anfield

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Six of the nine league defeats this term for the defending champions have come at home turf, and they are yet to win at home in 2021.

Xherdan Shaqiri has linked Liverpool’s struggles at Anfield this season with the absence of fans saying its “easier for smaller teams” to perform without the pressure from the home crowd.

The 1-0 result against Fulham last week marked Liverpool’s sixth successive home loss across all competitions this season.

The Merseyside outfit’s last win at Anfield dates back to December 16, when they beat Tottenham 2-1 in the Premier League.

It was Burnley who ended their 68-game unbeaten league streak at home on January 21. Since then, not only have the Reds lost all of their league outings at home, they have also scored just once in those five games.

“Everybody knows how our fans are when they push us,” Shaqiri told Sky Sports. “Everybody knows how many games we have managed to come back in if we concede a goal.

“I think there are many, many games where you can see that, many examples. Of course, we miss them a lot.

“For the smaller teams, it is easier to come to Anfield with no fans. There is no pressure. You can see that in many ways and in many games. The smaller teams have more of a chance.”