CAPTAIN Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool need to raise the bar at Anfield – starting with today’s Premier League visit of Stoke City.

We have taken just one point out of nine at home so far this season and a much-changed side were beaten by Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday night. However, Gerrard knows that back-to-back home league games against Stoke and Reading either side of the international break provides a golden opportunity to put that right and rapidly climb the table.

The talismanic midfielder is set to return to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s clash with the Potters and he’s out to ensure Brendan Rodgers’ side build on last weekend’s emphatic 5-2 rout of Norwich City.

“The home form needs to improve but I think it will come,” said Gerrard. “It’s all about getting that first home win on the board. With all due respect to Stoke and Reading, these are two games we have to be looking to take maximum points from.

“If we can hit the heights of the past few weeks in the league then I believe we can take six points out of the next two. But we have got to focus on the Stoke game rather than the two of them. They are good opportunities but they are also tough games.

“We should take a lot of confidence and belief from the result at Norwich. Hopefully it will be the catalyst for many more wins. I’d been saying for weeks that we had been playing well and got very little reward for it. I knew it would only be a matter of time before it clicked and we completely dominated that game against Norwich.

“Luis Suarez got all the headlines after his hat-trick but I thought the majority of the performance out there was superb. It was a real team effort.”

A feature of last weekend’s thrashing of Norwich was the link-up play between the midfield trio of Gerrard, Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin.

They are set to be reunited in the middle tomorrow with Gerrard and Sahin having been on the bench against Udinese.