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The Northern Irishman recalls the atmosphere at Anfield in crucial wins over Manchester United and Everton and wants the fans to bring just as much energy for the Saturday clash

Brendan Rodgers has rallied the club's fans ahead of Liverpool's vital match with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, claiming they can be the Reds' extra man.

Liverpool have only dropped five points at Anfield this Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss to Southampton and a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in January.

Yet the Northern Irishman paid tribute to the vociferous support his team have played in front of this season and maintains they will be essential if the Reds are to defeat the Gunners.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: “The fans are going to be key for us.

“In the couple of big games we have played at home they have been instrumental. They have been a vital component of the success we've had at Anfield so far this season.

“They got us over the line against Manchester United earlier in the season. The atmosphere was also brilliant for the Everton game and that result will have been a joy for them."

Liverpool are currently in fourth position in the Premier League and look on course for a top four finish but know a win over Arsene Wenger's side will keep distance between themselves and the chasing pack.

And Rodgers added: “I'll ask them again to give us that support which really does make the difference. It is genuinely like an extra man for us.

“Anfield has been a real cauldron and we want the fans to make it that again this weekend.”

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