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Jordan Henderson considers the impact of a year-long game at Anfield without the support of a capacity audience for a year in his notes for today’s official game day schedule

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the last game in Liverpool that was played in a full Anfield Before the last knockout round of the Champions League against RB Leipzig in Budapest, the captain explains how far the Reds lack their supporters

“It’s now been a year since we got our fans with us in Anfield, apart from a few games in front of small crowds before Christmas, but no matter how long we have to play behind closed doors, I’ll never get used to it.” never want to get used to it, ”writes Henderson

“With a home game outside of Anfield in Europe, things are even stranger tonight This scenario underscores the seriousness of the situation that has still forced us to lock down

“Nothing I want to say should distract or distract from it – where games take place and who takes part is at the bottom of the country’s priority list right now – but the sooner we can achieve some sort of normalcy back into football, the sooner better

“Anfield is a completely different place with supporters. The pitch, changing rooms, stands and surroundings are all the same, but the atmosphere couldn’t be more different

“People think of the songs, the noise of scoring, the hum before kick-off and there’s no question they are all missed”But it’s easy to overlook other elements, like the boot on the back that the crowd can give us and do when we need it

“Whether it’s what we hear, what we see or what we feel, Anfield just doesn’t feel right and it won’t work until the stadium is full again”

“I should stress that none of this is an excuse for our home form and is not used as one. As a player we take full responsibility for it. We have let ourselves down over the past few weeks and as the captain it is my job to care and also to examine the areas in which I could have done better, whether as a team or not

“I can assure anyone who reads these notes that self-criticism is a big part of the Liverpool squad and none of us shy away from current realities

“What I don’t want to lose sight of is how we set the standards that have allowed us to be champions of Europe, England and the world. A large part of that has been our fans who make Anfield such awesome Made place for us to play football and a terrible place for away teams to visit

“They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, but in this case, that’s not true. There can’t be a single player who has been to Liverpool over the past few years who doesn’t know how special the audience is before whom we play

“There is probably no opponent or manager who does not recognize this either, especially since so many of them have spoken about how different the Anfield experience is for them in the current circumstances

“But even though I knew what we had, I probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should I definitely didn’t take it for granted and have always been the sacrifice and dedication of our supporters and the kind of atmosphere that they can bring very consciously

“If that’s a lesson in football, well, sometimes we all need a reminder to realize how important certain people are in our lives, and in the case of fans, I think football as a whole has been given numerous reasons to to realize what they bring into play and that becomes clearer than ever Tonight we play another Champions League draw in front of thousands of free places

“So I can’t wait for the day that supporters come back, and I don’t mean just a few thousand here and there – I mean full houses with fans wherever they crowd us and never allow us to settle.” for second best

“Players and managers make the headlines, but all we’ve achieved in Liverpool in recent years has been a partnership with our supporters. I am as aware as anyone that the nation’s health must come first, but the sooner we’re back together, the better ”

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