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For all the work Liverpool have still to do to make themselves contenders in the Premier League once more, for all the moans and groans from the Internet armchair fans, and for all the insane number of times the Reds have struck the woodwork instead of scoring this season, there is one very much true fact:
Liverpool have a very real chance of ending the season as the team with the most silverware in England.
With the Carling Cup already in the bag and fourth place in the Premier League relying as much on slip-ups from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham as much as Liverpool doing the business consistently themselves, much of the Reds' attentions will be on securing further cup glory through the FA Cup.
A second trophy inside of 16 months of Kenny Dalglish taking over is hugely tangible success and improvement, even if Liverpool only end the season in sixth place in the league.
Nobody inside Anfield will admit to giving up on fourth just yet, but it is certainly a distant possibility at present.
The FA Cup draw has paired Liverpool with the winners of the Sunderland-Everton replay— meaning a Merseyside derby Wembley semifinal is an intriguing possibility—but Liverpool will simply want to make sure they don't spoil their chances between now and next month by returning to inconsistent form in the league.
This can still be a very successful season for the Reds—a win against QPR next week will be a great way to start the run-in to the season's end and ensure that Kopites everywhere remain positive and upbeat.