PETER CROUCH: It'll be harder without the Kop roaring them on!

PETER CROUCH: You can never say never with this Liverpool team but pulling off one of their famous comebacks will be a lot harder without the Kop roaring them on at Anfield

  • You can never say never with Liverpool and playing at Anfield is an advantage
  • However, without supporters in the stadium, the extra percentage isn’t there
  • I’m not sure I would have gone to a Champions League final without the fans
  • Chelsea were a better side but the noise at Anfield gave you the power to go on 

You can never say never with this Liverpool team. They create chances, can score goals from anywhere and playing at Anfield is always an advantage.

But…there has to be a ‘but’. Without supporters in the stadium, the extra percentage that has carried Liverpool out of seemingly impossible positions isn’t there and you cannot hide from the fact that it has damaged their chances against Real Madrid.

I’m sure supporters of other clubs roll their eyes when they hear talk about the ‘magic of Anfield’ but I know from experience it is a stadium like no other.

You can never say never with this Liverpool team and playing at Anfield is an advantage

However, without supporters in the stadium, that extra percentage just isn’t there

Put it this way, I’m not sure I would have gone to a Champions League final without the support we got against Chelsea in 2007.

Chelsea were a better side than us, as they were in 2005. But we all felt like we could run through brick walls because of the noise inside Anfield. You cannot explain the surge of adrenaline when you have that power willing you on.

I spoke to Joe Cole about it recently and he said it is horrible for away players at Anfield. The proximity of the crowd, how tight everything feels — it’s like there is no air for them to breathe. Real Madrid won’t have that on Wednesday.

Empty stands are a huge blow for Liverpool.

I’m not sure I would have gone to a Champions League final without the fans at Anfield 



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