The past week has seen an upturn in fortunes for Liverpool and manager Kenny Dalglish.
Back-to-back victories away to Wolves and at home to Fulham have helped the Reds climb from 13th to seventh place; such is the topsy-turvy nature of the Premier League this season.
The Wolves game saw Liverpool produce arguably their best performance all season. A rare away win, coupled with a healthy score line (3-0) and standout performances from Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles, brought about a feel good factor that has been missing from the club all season.
For once, they dominated a match and all three goals were well worked, especially Raul Meireles’ effort which is surely a contender for goal of the season. The Portuguese playmaker has been Liverpool’s signing of the season and if he continues his good form, then surely the side’s fortunes will benefit as a result.
Granted, Wolves were a pale shadow of the side that won at Anfield over Christmas, but their performance on Saturday justified why they are in the bottom three and in danger of relegation. Lack of firepower up front, combined with a defence that leaks goals for fun, is a recipe for disaster for Mick McCarthy and his men.
If Saturday’s performance was an improvement, then Wednesday’s win against Fulham was anything but. Despite a bright start and a Torres effort wrongly ruled out for offside, (what we would have given for Sian Massey!) the home side stuttered to victory in a game that was anything but pretty on the eyes of those watching.
Nevertheless, the three points were secured and ensured Liverpool gained successive victories for the first time since November, lifting them up to the dizzy heights of seventh, and their highest position all season.
From what was a bleak outlook a month ago, thoughts on the Kop are lot more positive now and there is hope that Liverpool can still salvage something from what has been a disappointing season.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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