One draw at home to Arsenal, which required an injury-time equaliser, doesn’t really seem enough to suggest that Liverpool are back in the hunt for a top-four Premier League finish, even if manager Brendan Rodgers believes so himself.
To be fair to Rodgers, his 3-4-2-1 formation did seem well suited to his Liverpool playing personnel and the Reds have taken eight points from their last five games, while overcoming a potential banana skin in the Capital One Cup at Championship table-toppers Bournemouth.
However, the fact remains that heading into Christmas, Liverpool have only amassed 22 points from their 17 games and have nine points to find on surprise package West Ham, who currently occupy fourth spot.
No team in the Premier League era has even recovered from being 10th at Christmas to finish in the top four, while 22 points at this stage is far from enough either.
In the last decade, Blackburn have done the best from having 22 points or less at this stage, in the 2005/06 campaign.
They won 13 of their final 21 Premier League fixtures to reach 63 points, but this was still four points shy of the top four as Rovers went on to finish sixth.
This was also Liverpool’s final position in the 2010/11 campaign when Kenny Dalglish arrived to improve the team after Roy Hodgson’s slow start to the campaign.
Liverpool sat on the same 22 points at this stage and eventually finished on 58.
Even though Daniel Sturridge is still to return from injury, the possibility of some new signings in January and the potential of a formation to suit Rodgers’ current crop of players, Liverpool can’t be backed at 8/1 to finish in the top four.
But, the 9/10 that they do recover to finish in the top six is not such a terrible price.
The good news is that the likes of Tottenham, Swansea, West Ham and Newcastle, who look the main threats to Liverpool’s top-six aspirations still have to visit Anfield in the second half of the campaign.