What a strange season it’s been for Liverpool fans. They’ve had to put up with unprecedented levels of speculation surrounding the ownership of their club and future of manager Rafael Benitez. On the pitch, the Reds have been terribly inconsistent, starting like a train, dipping badly in the middle of the season and now coming strong again. The official Liverpool website reports that Rafa hasn’t yet given up the ghost as far as the title is concerned, especially with Pool still to visit Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United this season.
“How near we finish to the top now will be interesting,” said Benitez. “We have been criticised this season, but let us see where we are in three or four weeks.
“We have important games and if we win them we will be a lot closer. If we can beat Manchester United we will be closer to the top, and that will give us more confidence.
“If we beat Everton after that then we will be closer still. Maybe, maybe we can be closer if we do not talk too much about it.
“Do we have a point to prove? Maybe, but only if we can keep winning three points.”
While Liverpool could still have a strong say regarding who wins the Premier League this season, nothing less than three points will do at Old Trafford if the Reds are realistically going to challenge themselves. They trail the champions by eight points having played a game more and need to continue their winning run.