WATCHING Liverpool FC this season, it’s clear to see the team – and the club – has got its mojo back.
People had started to become disaffected under the old ownership regime, particularly during the end of Rafael Benitez’s reign and that of Roy Hodgson.
Supporters were maybe a little bit apathetic. Why should they have cared?
Now they most certainly do. There is an energy about the place, which is being transferred to the field with increasingly impressive performances.
It seems an eternity ago that only 35,000 turned up at Anfield to watch Liverpool beat Bolton Wanderers in January as Fenway Sports Group prepared to give Hodgson the boot.
On Saturday, there were almost 10,000 more fans in attendance. And they were rewarded by one of the best all-round Liverpool displays since they were challenging for the title under Benitez in 2009.
There are quite a few in the team now that are playing to stay in there from week to week. And that’s what every successful team needs, a real competition for places.
Kenny Dalglish changed things around against Exeter City last week, he left Andy Carroll out against Bolton, and it’s clear everyone is striving to be involved.
The shape of the team and the balance are both good, and they are creating chances.
There is quality to bring on from the bench. Look at Martin Skrtel, his coming off the bench to score was equivalent to knocking on the manager’s door to be back in the team.