December comes to a close now for Liverpool who, despite some poor results of late, end the month with an impressive-at-first-glance five wins out of seven matches.
Liverpool also kept four clean sheets in those five victories.
It is unfortunate that the two defeats against Stoke and Aston Villa should come in the midst of what were some good results; while a loss at the Britannia Stadium is no great shame, the performance itself certainly was at times.
The Villa result was a horrid one at Anfield but, in contrast, Liverpool was actually attacking and looking strong...until Villa showed the Reds just what "clinical" meant. Of course their own form since that match has been horrendous, scoring none and conceding 15 in three games, two of which were at home.
For Liverpool, what they absolutely must do now is begin 2013 with the same kind of form and aggression they showed against Queens Park Rangers.
First up is struggling Sunderland at Anfield on Jan. 2; reinforcements in the transfer window should follow shortly afterwards. Liverpool simply have to win that home league match and it would be expected that they beat Mansfield in the FA Cup straight afterwards as well.
Should they accomplish those two results then the Reds head into the fixture against Manchester United on the back of a run comprising seven wins from nine games, and optimism should be once again flooding through the veins of those wearing the Liver Bird.
Liverpool have performed well in several games this term where they haven't won the points they merited. The one and only new year's resolution the squad should be making is to make consistency their watch-word and mantra.
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