The Derby victory was an important one. Very important! We now go into a very difficult week in form. 7 games unbeaten and only a single goal conceded. What a high contrast from a few weeks back when we were in a run of some 6 wins in 20 games in all competitions. And with a blink of an eye, that has all changed. And this is for the media- we have achieved this with Rafael Benitez as our manager!
This victory also gives us a lot of confidence. Everton may not be the greatest teams, but the team will certainly be happy with getting a victory over our bitter neighbours, and that to with only 10 men for most part of the game. The passion may be rushing through their body right now. You could see it on the players faces, they were as passionate as ever. And if you were a player in this mood, you would want the next game to come as fast as possible. And thankfully, it is.
After the match last night, while the Spur-Villa game was on, I was looking at the live Premier League table, to see where we stand, and also Spurs, City, Villa etc. I just took a glance up (which I havent done much this season), and I noticed something, that got me more optimistic than excited. We are now just 5 points behind Arsenal. Just FIVE. But they have played one match less than us, so hopefully Chelsea can get a result their tonight (I would prefer a draw). A few more days, and everything could change. The fight for 4th place is intense, 3rd spot isnt that far away. We couldnt even look at 3rd spot a few days back, but what a month or two can do is amazing.
The fans are getting behind the team now, they are chanting Rafas name. Rafa had promised 4th spot. We are there. Just have to hang on for a few more months, or who knows, climb up a bit as well. Hopefully the financial issues are sorted out soon as well. Rafa had said before the game that a victory could turn their season around. That statement holds so much truth. This could really be the ‘Turning Point’.
“The city has two great clubs- Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves” – Bill Shankly