Whisper it quietly, but Liverpool have an outside chance of finishing in the top four.
From being 13th and just four points above the drop zone a month ago, Kenny Dalglish and his red men have won four games on the trot and now sit in sixth place, six points behind Tottenham and Chelsea.
The culmination in such a transformation came at Stamford Bridge on Sunday where a great performance put Fernando Torres’ baptism of fire into the background.
While the build up was all about Torres v Liverpool, the Reds kept their former teammate frustrated and quiet before he was substituted on 66 minutes, much to the delight of the travelling fans in the Shed End.
What happened just three minutes later gave everyone connected with Liverpool a lot more to cheer about. A goal from Raul Meireles, his fourth in five games, ensured the visitors came away with maximum points and to continue both his and the side’s fine run of form.
Although everyone who played on Sunday were outstanding, Meireles deserves special mention for the fine run of form he has displayed since Dalglish took over. It is safe to say that he has been the signing of the season from a Reds' perspective.
From looking at a disappointing season on all fronts, it seems a ray of light has appeared since Dalglish’s appointment and the addition of Steve Clarke as coach has helped ensure the defence has tightened up as a result.
Without getting carried away, this is still an average side and will more than likely miss out on fourth place. But if Liverpool can maintain their impressive form over the next five games then their threat will need to be taken more serious by the sides above them, and Sunday’s result proved this.
Looking ahead to this weekend, Wigan are the visitors to Anfield and will be hoping to halt the momentum that is building around the club.
Victory for the home side will continue to pile the pressure on the sides above them, whereas the away side will be plunged closer to the drop. Whatever the case, the Latics couldn’t have picked a worse time to travel to a ground where they have never won.
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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