Jürgen Klopp has described Liverpool's much-improved home form as 'the first step' in his bid to ensure the club regularly battles for silverware in the coming years.

The Reds are unbeaten since January in all competitions at Anfield, having won eight and drawn four of their 12 fixtures after Stoke City claimed a 1-0 success in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup before ultimately losing on penalties.

That strong run includes famous European successes against Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal, as well as thrashings of Manchester City and Everton in the Barclays Premier League.

And, ahead of his side facing Chelsea in L4 on Wednesday, Klopp has acknowledged that turning Anfield into a fortress will be key to any hopes of future success.

“[It's] very important. The difference is big. When I came here we had a few problems at home," he told reporters at a press conference to preview the game.

"We didn't score often enough, the opponent didn't need too many chances to score, and that was not too cool. We also had the set-piece [issue]. 

"We created some stability, that's the truth. We worked longer together, that helps, it always helps in life and football. 

"Of course, if you can create atmospheres at Anfield like we did sometimes, then it should be a real force, a real strength, this stadium. 

"Next year I'm really looking forward to the new stand and we have more people in the stadium - that will be great. 

"To be successful it's important that you win games and to use the advantage of a home game is the first step in the right direction."