So, Liverpool fans… Are you starting to believe?
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:
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?