Former Premier League footballer John Hartson believes that Anfield is currently the toughest place to visit in world football.
Speaking before Liverpool’s weekend clash with Newcastle United, Hartson saw no way for Steve Bruce’s side to return from the famous venue with any points, claiming that no ground poses a tougher test for visiting players than that of the one belonging to the European champions.
In an interview with Football FanCast, he said: “Liverpool will come out flying from the international break, and Anfield is the toughest place to get a win in world football right now.
“I may slip up and end up with egg on my face but I can’t see Newcastle getting anything and Liverpool will win big.”
In the end, Hartson may have been worried about being left to eat his own words as the Magpies took a surprise early lead thanks to Jetro Willems’ strike, only for Liverpool to turn the scoreline around by half time and run out 3-1 winners.
While Hartson’s prediction briefly threatened to be proven wrong, Liverpool’s eventual victory nevertheless supports his idea that Anfield is one of the trickiest places to visit in the game.
With the Reds unbeaten in all competitions at Anfield since last September (when Chelsea were victorious in the League Cup), claims that their home ground is something of a fortress are certainly justified.
If that wasn’t enough, Jurgen Klopp’s men have not tasted defeat in the league there since April 2017, when they were beaten by a Sam Allardyce-led Crystal Palace.
And with the rest of the Premier League’s top six visiting at least twice since then, as well as European giants such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it is clear that Anfield is a tricky place for even Europe’s best to get a positive result.
So as they stretched their winning run at Anfield to 11 games in all competitions, their ability to produce results at home shows few signs of abating.
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