Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the Anfield club’s impressive form in cups this season is an illustration of progress.
The Reds have had an impressive run in the Carling Cup, beating Manchester City on their way to the final at Wembley against Cardiff City next weekend.
They also have a fifth round FA Cup tie against Brighton on Sunday and Dalglish believes this is proof they have come on since he came back to Anfield.
“The players deserve every credit. They've had a relatively successful season, they've put themselves in a good position,” he told the club’s official website.
“This time last year we weren't in both cup competitions and we weren't as close as four points off fourth spot.
“We're pleased with what we've done so far but we want to push on and improve where we are.”
Liverpool have had to deal with their fair share of controversy in recent times but the feeling around the club is a far cry from the malaise and discontent that seemed to follow the club under Roy Hodgson.
They are four points off of fourth place and have knocked fierce rivals Manchester United out of the FA Cup to set up the tie with Brighton this weekend.
Liverpool will be wary of the Seasiders, who have had something of a renaissance under Gus Poyet that saw them promoted to the Championship – they have already pulled off a giant-killing by knocking out Newcastle United in the previous round.