Georginio Wijnaldum says Jurgen Klopp has restored Anfield’s fear factor.
Wijnaldum claims Manchester City will be scared by Liverpool’s scintillating home form when they arrive at fortress Anfield on New Year’s Eve.
Klopp’s rampant Reds are the Premier League’s top scorers, banging in 25 goals in their eight home games.
Pep Guardiola was present on Tuesday to witness their latest goalfest against Stoke and Wijnaldum says opponents will be frightened by how well they are playing.
“I think Anfield is a fortress again,” said the Dutch midfielder. “The way we are playing and the way we are scoring goals in the home games, I think it will scare opponents.
“Of course, Pep Guardiola looks at games, it’s normal. I’m not surprised he was here to look at the game because we are his next opponents. He wants to analyse us.
“In every game you show strengths and weaknesses and today we showed more strengths than weaknesses.”
Fortress Anfield was in ruins when Klopp took over in October 2015 and he called out fans for leaving early in his first Premier League home game when Sadio Mane scored a late equaliser for Southampton.
The German has painstakingly rebuilt Anfield’s ramparts – and Liverpool’s confidence – and the Reds are unbeaten in their last 23 home games, stretching back to January.
They are enjoying their best home run since going 32 games unbeaten between February 2008 and March 2009.
They have netted four or more goals in four of their eight Premier League home games and have only failed to score once in their last 22 matches at Anfield.
Liverpool are playing so well that Klopp, who saw his side clock up 100 league goals under him against Stoke, joked that Guardiola had come “to watch good football”.
Wijnaldum claims the key is that Liverpool are not reliant on one goalscorer and they have five players who have netted five or more league goals this season.
Jurgen Klopp very confident ahead of Manchester City tie
“We have a lot of players who can score goals and win the game for us,” he said. “That’s a good thing because if it depends on one person, it can be a problem because if that person doesn’t score, you will not win games.
“You can see we have a lot of different players who can score goals and that’s a good thing for the team.”
City, who have not won at Anfield since May 2003, are the Premier League’s next highest scorers after Liverpool with 39 goals compared to the Reds’ 45 and Wijnaldum respects their firepower.
Sergio Aguero is back from suspension and Wijnaldum says City also have many potential matchwinners.
“They also have a good attack,” said the former Newcastle star. “They have a lot of good players who can score goals, even players on the bench who can come on and score goals, so I don’t think there is a big difference.
“I don’t think it’s only Aguero, it’s the whole team. Of course, Aguero is a wonderful player. He can win the game on his own for Manchester City, so he’s one of the threats we have to deal with.
“We are two teams that want to attack and score goals, so I think it’s going to be a good game, an interesting game. We want to attack and score goals and they want to attack and score goals.
“We both have players who can win games for their team. They have to look at our players and we have to look at theirs.”