So, Liverpool fans… Are you starting to believe?

December 29, 2008

Liverpool seem to have got through their sticky patch and continued failures from Chelsea and Arsenal have limited the damage.

After convincing wins over Bolton and Newcastle Liverpool are clear at the top of the table and will stay there going into 2009.

So is it going to be a happy new year for Liverpool fans? I blogged  the other day about (what seems to me) Liverpool’s need for another forward or midfielder with the wow factor but Steven Gerrard seems to be playing that role to perfection just at the moment. Can he carry on in this form until the end of the season?

Liverpool’s biggest problem, of course, is the prospect of Manchester United continuing their ominous rise up the table. United have three games in hand and if they win all three they’ll be within a point of the top.

But still, optimism is creeping in. Here’s how Kai at the Liverpool Offside put it after the Newcastle win:

“And so with Chel$ki held to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage, we are 3 points clear heading into 2009!! I’m strangely starting to believe we might just nick it this year.”

redfloyd at Have You Ever Been to Liverpool? sounds more cautious in his report on the game:

“This can only be good for the team’s confidence going into the long home straight. Although we are top we have, with one or two exceptions, achieved this through perspiration rather than inspiration, in short we haven’t really got going. Perhaps the last two games are a first sign of us starting to put our foot on the accelerator? However, it is still a long, long treacherous journey. God speed!”

I think that’s about right, in that this season they have gone top while hardly ever playing really well. If the Newcastle performance is a sign of things to come, who knows?

So what do you think? Can Liverpool stay clear and get that first title since 1990? Or have they just delayed the inevitable slide away from the top two?

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I think Man Utd will slowly but steadily nick Liverpool in the closing weeks. Chelsea have made a lot of mistakes in the first half of the season, but importantly have not been punished enough and they just trail by three points. It has been heartening to see Scolari continuing to use the attacking ploy and not resort to the Jose Mourinho style of holding back. Chelsea could well regret using that tactics coz defence has been their forte, but maybe next season or after that the results will bear fruit. It happened with Barcelona and look at how they are playing. As they say “Attack is the best form of defence”. And lets hope Aston Villa continue making good progress, a new club in the top four would be welcome and frankly Martin O’Neill deserves it for all the hard work he has put. As for now, my pick for the title is Man Utd…

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Am normally the last fan to stop believing in the other seasons and right now am more nervous than anything. Go Kop!

Posted by njau | Report as abusive

obviously, there is no point in not believing it. our home form was just okie this season but look at our last game against bolton … and away agains Newcastle. we never stopped even after taking the lead.
well we still want robbie keane to strike and i hope that aftre bolton’s game he’s back to his scoring best. At the end of this year; all we can say is
GO LIVERPOOL AND HELL YEA; YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

this might prove a bit distracting. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engla nd/merseyside/7804056.stm

Posted by kevin | Report as abusive

as a manchester city fan and my girlfriend a liverpool fan, i clearly want liverpool to win it, in fact i want any club to win it except man ure i mean man united, liverpool for title for me.

Posted by tony | Report as abusive

This is Liverpool’s year!

The club’s fan base will grow even more if they win!

The Asian Liverbird book – the official Liverpool publication proved how loyal fans from all background are – LFC forever!

Check the link out:

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Posted by Imy | Report as abusive

I am silently confident but not overly confident. There’s still some way to go and like what Rafa has said always, let’s concentrate game by game. YNWA! :)

Posted by five times | Report as abusive

After a good start they are clear but as always they havent got the depth and strenth to follow through. im an everton fan so my opinion is somewhat biased but none the less we have had a good squad! but chelsea and man utd will battle it out. arsenal are finished! hopefully chelsea because i dont wanna see the smug look on christiano´s face if they win another tropher
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Posted by john | Report as abusive

We did believe, but again just unable to match united.