Football: Rodgers gives new Liverpool players a taste of Anfield by holding training in stadium

Liverpool encountered some difficulties at home last season, losing four games and drawing five.
Liverpool encountered some difficulties at home last season, losing four games and drawing five. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given his new players a sneak preview of Anfield ahead of their first Premier League home game of the season against Bournemouth on Monday.

He handed competitive debuts to five new signings in last weekend's 1-0 win at Stoke City.

Liverpool encountered some difficulties at home last season, losing four games and drawing five. In a bid to help the new recruits acclimatise to the famous stadium, Rodgers held a training session there on Friday.

"I felt it was important for our new players, and the new staff, to acquaint themselves with Anfield," he said. "They know how special it is. They trained well... and obviously we're looking forward to the game on Monday.

"It's a really special place to play football and it's going to be very important again for us, if we're going to have a good season, that our home form is second-to-none.

"A big part of that is the support we receive at home. So we're looking forward to the game."

Liverpool toiled at Stoke's Britannia Stadium until Philippe Coutinho's late flash of inspiration. Rodgers will hope to see more invention from his forward players against promoted Bournemouth.

The manager could name an unchanged side for the visit of Eddie Howe's team, which would mean 18-year-old Joe Gomez continuing at left-back after making an impressive competitive debut at Stoke.

Howe is expected to keep faith with the XI whom he selected on the opening weekend, when they lost 0-1 at home to Aston Villa in their first ever top-flight fixture.