Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with West Brom may have firmly made up some people’s minds that Liverpool are all but out of the title race, but as well as this being far from the truth, it fails to realise the impact that they could still have on where the Premier League trophy ends up in May.
The Reds currently sit in fourth place, and although this will be seen as a great position to be in for Liverpool fans who have not seen their team qualify for the Champions League since the 2008-2009 season, others may see them as being too far off the pace of the top three to mount a serious challenge for their illusive 19th league title.
This statement alone could still yet prove to be one that comes back around to bite people where they would least expect it to.
Currently sitting eight points off top spot with 12 games left of the season, the gap is not unassailable. Let us not forget, Liverpool are usually well and truly out of the title race at this point in the season, so to be in this position is testament to Brendan Rodgers and his side.
The Reds are not in bad form either. They are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, and in those fixtures they have scored an impressive 18 goals.
Although many of these have come courtesy of Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool look a lot more complete as a side this season, with the emergence of Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling giving them a real youthful enthusiasm and drive.
It is also virtually impossible to write them out of any game with the aforementioned SAS on the pitch. The pair have bagged 37 goals between them so far, and their almost telepathic understanding of one another scares defences up and down the country week after week.
Even if Liverpool do not push on to really test the top three, they still have a vital role to play in their fate.
The Reds still have to welcome Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City to Anfield which has become a fortress once more this season. Other rivals for a top four finish, Tottenham, also face the trip to Merseyside, whilst Manchester United still have to face Liverpool, albeit at Old Trafford.
The trips to Anfield could really prove pivotal, as victories for the visiting sides could strengthen their grip on the title, but a Liverpool victory could help to sway fate in favour of the visitor’s rivals, or even help The Reds edge closer to the top.
This year’s Premier League has been fascinating, perhaps more so than any other. Just maybe there are a few more twists in the tail yet. Could Liverpool be the dark horses to sneak the title? Or could they just help one of their rivals clinch glory?
Whatever happens, Brendan Rodgers must ensure that his side finish in a Champions League spot, not only for the all round good of the club, but to ensure the services of Luis Suarez. Although the Irishman has said that his side aren’t yet out of contention to finish top, he will know that Champions League football is what he is really aiming for come May.