Liverpool chairman Tom Werner blames the lack of Anfield crowd as one of three reasons for a bad season

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner blames the lack of Anfield crowd as one of three reasons for a bad season, along with an injury crisis and the difficulty of ‘climbing Everest again’ after last season’s triumph.

  • The Liverpool chairman has blamed a lack of supporters for Liverpool’s poor season
  • The Reds have made a feeble effort to defend their crown this campaign
  • Jurgen Klopp’s team saw their imperious home record fall in recent weeks
  • Werner, 70, claims the absence of ‘loyal supporters’ has hindered the side

Tom Werner has attributed Liverpool’s poor season to a lack of fans at ‘fort’ Anfield, as the Reds’ chairman claimed the coronavirus pandemic ‘may have hit us a little more’ than their rivals.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions, ravaged by injuries and an alarming slump in form, have made a feeble effort to defend their crown, with the Reds now having an outside chance of finishing in the top four.

While Liverpool’s form at Anfield provided the basis for their success last season, the champions’ results at home have fallen dramatically as they failed to win at Merseyside in eight Premier League games.

Tom Werner has blamed a lack of Anfield crowd as one of three reasons for Liverpool's season

Tom Werner has blamed a lack of Anfield crowd as one of three reasons for Liverpool’s season

The Reds have made a pitiful effort to defend their crown after capturing the latest campaign

The Reds have made a pitiful effort to defend their crown after capturing the latest campaign

The Reds have made a pitiful effort to defend their crown after capturing the latest campaign

And Werner claims the absence of Liverpool’s ‘loyal supporters’ due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing games behind closed doors has affected Klopp’s side.

“I don’t think I want to make an apology, but I do think this pandemic has hit Liverpool and the Red Sox in the way that these are very loyal and supportive fans,” said Werner. The athletic

‘People used to think it would be very difficult to win a football match at Anfield because it is a fortress.

This season, Liverpool have seen their imperious Anfield record crumble behind closed doors

This season, Liverpool have seen their imperious Anfield record crumble behind closed doors

This season, Liverpool have seen their imperious Anfield record crumble behind closed doors

And Werner, 70, says the absence of 'loyal supporters' has affected the champions

And Werner, 70, says the absence of 'loyal supporters' has affected the champions

And Werner, 70, says the absence of ‘loyal supporters’ has affected the champions

And this year we’ve seen some matches that Liverpool have not played to their ability, and I think a lot of that is the absence of our loyal supporters.

“So I think the pandemic may have hit us a little more, but I don’t want to make excuses either.”

The 70-year-old added two factors to Liverpool’s performance this season, showing that injuries to key players, coupled with the challenge of repeating their title-winning effort from last season, have hindered the team.

He said: ‘It is extremely difficult to be a repeat champion, regardless of the sport.

The Reds chief said injuries and the challenge to 'climb Everest again' hurt the team

The Reds chief said injuries and the challenge to 'climb Everest again' hurt the team

The Reds chief said injuries and the challenge to ‘climb Everest again’ hurt the team

‘You climb Mount Everest and you get to the top, and then someone says’ you have to do it again’. And so it is a challenge under the best conditions.

When the Everton goalkeeper eliminated Virgil van Dijk for the season, it was a blow because he was not only such a crucial part of our defense, but also a leader.

“But you know, I’ve been doing sports for 20 years, and I’ve seen a lot of them, it’s very difficult when you have multiple injuries to form your team.”

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