I remember on Christmas Day, reading something about how no club sitting below 8th place on Christmas has ever made it in the top four. Of course all the bookies odds reflected this pessimism, Brendan Rodgers however remained positive and in return he was called delusional. I will be honest with you, even I was concerned that Liverpool will keep struggling through the rest season, especially when no new faces arrived in January. I really feared that Brendan would be sacked and then we would get a new manager with a new system and have to start all over again.
Fast forward just eight weeks and now all the pundits are singing his praises as Liverpool are now within 2 points from fourth and 3 points from third place. The summer arrivals have all settled in now and are starting to show their worth. The lesson of all this is that statistics based on previous games don’t mean anything especially when you go back into footballing history. The only thing that they could affect is the mindset of the players but Brendan was able to convince his young squad to stay strong and believe in themselves and their team mates.
Also the other lesson of course is to never bet against Liverpool and Brendan, what I admire about him most is that he always learns from his mistakes. At the start of the season I’d never have bet on Liverpool to finish as strongly as they have. Now I’d certainly back them to finish in the top 4. Skybet have Liverpool at even money now which isn’t a bad bet if you couple it up with the latest Skybet promotion. I wouldn’t take much less than evens though.
Interestingly we started the season at 11/1 to win the league and 4/1 to finish in the top four. Looking a bit better than that now isn’t it!