Liverpool fans here in the Tavern are raising a glass or two tonight, as they see their side edge ever closer to Champions League knockout stages.
The Reds have been lacklustre for pretty much the duration of the season so far. Punters here had predicted a title challenge, but after only 11 games being played, these claims have slowly been withdrawn as hopes diminish as Anfield Road succumbs to silence.
However, it’s a different story in the Champions League, as they go unbeaten to sit in the top spot. With a European trophy triumph looking somewhat unlikely, the need to finish in the top 4 has gotten a whole lot more heated with 6 impressive sides hunting down the 4 spots.
Liverpool of late, have been riddled with injuries, to be fair. With key men such as Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne gutted to be missing out after starting so dominantly in the early stage, youngsters have been given their shot as Klopp looks to enforce a touch of youth on proceedings.
For a manager that everyone would’ve loved to have at their club, the German has been the receiver of an awful lot of criticism. Firstly the failure to sign a defender has gotten him into a heap of trouble, with his current backline failing him at every step of the way.
Still, having performed impressively of late, all of this negativity seems to have quietened down.
However, some players have shone to get the club into the fine European position and contributed to some Premier League success, so they deserve their recognition.
So as Liverpool fans celebrate a European win here in the Tavern, here’s a look at 3 Reds players that have surpassed expectations so far this season…