Liverpool supporters have been desperate to find signs of progress all season.
They weren’t there during the recent FA Cup humbling at Oldham Athletic, the crumbling in the face of Stoke City’s power on Boxing Day or in the weak first half display at Old Trafford when the Reds allowed Manchester United to walk all over them.
All things considered, seventh place in the table isn’t really a bad position for the Reds to be in. They finished lower than that in the last campaign and have a young manager in his first season on the job.
But a club of Liverpool’s stature have never and should never consider such a position as a success.
Seventh place may soon become a thing of the past, though, as an optimistic Liverpool look forward to the weeks and months ahead with a spring in their steps.
Here are eight reasons why the Reds should be feeling rosy right now.