FORGET Liverpool’s struggle to see off Mansfield in the FA Cup with a weakened side, there have been significant signs of progress in recently.
The Reds face Manchester United tomorrow having won five of their past seven Premier League games and the goals are starting to flow.
However, there is one statistic Brendan Rodgers’ side need to put right. All eight league wins so far this season have come against teams sitting in the bottom half of the table.
With the heavy beatings dished out to Fulham, QPR and Sunderland, they have shown an increasing ability to put away the top flight’s lesser lights. Now the challenge is to prove they are in a false position by delivering against those teams standing above them. Tomorrow would be a great time to start.
That glorious 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in March 2009 now seems a distant memory. The Reds’ last four trips down the East Lancs have ended in defeat with no shortage of controversy.
Howard Webb, who will be in charge tomorrow, has been responsible for three of those matches. Whatever happens let’s hope that this time the outcome is decided by the teams’ respective qualities and not the man in black.