STEVEN GERRARD admits Liverpool’s confidence has been dented by their continued Anfield angst.
Last weekend’s controversial goalless draw at home to Stoke City last weekend has new manager Brendan Rodgers still seeking his first home Premier League win.
It has left the Anfield outfit languishing in 14th place, eight points off the top four and only three above the relegation zone.
Gerrard maintains Liverpool have deserved greater reward for their performances than their solitary top-flight win this campaign.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have now won only six of their last 24 home Premier League games and just two this calendar year.
And Gerrard said: “In the vast majority of our Premier League games this seasons, we have felt that our performances have been better than the results suggest.
“Saying that after a defeat sounds like an excuse.
“But that fact is, though, the final score is everything in football.
“Quite rightly the only concern for people is getting the points and some of our results haven’t been that good enough.
“When that happens, confidence can be affected.
“You need to show determination to keep going and doing the right things.”
Gerrard added: “Clearly last season we didn’t win enough games in front of our own supporters. Our record at Anfield has to be better if we’re to finish where we want at the end of the season.
“It’s not enough to just create good chances – you have to take them too. If we can continue to do that we’ll soon move up the table.”
Luis Suarez was again at the centre of controversy against Stoke, first stamped on by an unpunished Robert Huth and then guilty of a comedy dive inside the penalty area as Liverpool pressed in vain for a winner late on.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis, ignoring Huth’s stamp, called for Suarez to be retrospectively punished by the Football Association.
But such comments have been met with short shrift from the Uruguayan, who responded: “Any manager can say what he wants about me but it doesn’t affect me.
“Let them carry on talking. Meanwhile I will continue to play football and to concern myself with my team and with what I do — and nothing more.”
Meanwhile, Jack Robinson has become the latest Liverpool youngster to be called up for the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming Euro 2013 play-off double header against Serbia.
The left-back joins Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom in Stuart Pearce's squad.
The first leg takes place on Friday at Carrow Road with the second leg next Tuesday to determine a place in next summer’s finals in Israel.