There's a lot to be happy about as a Liverpool fan right now: second in the Premier League in mid-November and fresh off the back of arguably their most convincing performance of the season so far against Fulham on Saturday.
The Liverpool Twittersphere is an incredible and bizarre playground of debate, arguments and love-ins.
The analogy to a playground is further poignant in the formation of several cliques among pockets of fans.
They’ll stand with their Twitter-mates at the furthest points of the playground, peering in on others, before quickly turning their backs with a snide tweet or two, or an in-joke that screams “mid-life crisis”.
Look closely at this circus of conversation and you’ll find some blossoming relationships; Twitter users who will defend each other until dawn (literally). It’s all rather morbidly romantic.
One thing fans are in agreement of, however, is the surprise in Liverpool’s impressive start to the season. Is it a start anymore? Eleven games in?
A dissection of the reaction to Liverpool’s dropping of just 10 points from 11 games reveals three different types of fan:
As defined by The Free Dictionary, the optimist is “one who usually expects a favourable outcome.”
They find the positives in every result, even a 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton, and target the highest of outcomes.
Urban Dictionary describes the realist as someone who has a “firm grip on reality and can see things for what they are, not what they are told they are.”
Often, a realist will attempt to back up their claims—as much as you can do in no more than 140 characters—with statistics or simply bemoaning a squad that lacks in depth.
When Liverpool are scaling the dizzy heights of second, there’s a fair amount of crossover between a realist and a pessimist, which The Free Dictionary defines as having a “tendency to stress the negative or unfavourable or to take the gloomiest possible view.”
Like realists, pessimists love stats. It makes them feel clever, educated and right. In truth, statistics are nothing on their own, except the only one that really matters: Liverpool have 23 points from a possible 33.
Then, of course, there are the players, who appear to have passed the Liverpool Football Club crash course in positive P.R.
But some players have other things on their mind…
The Other Clubs
Where do Liverpool sit with fans of other clubs? Has the good start to the season, leaving them just two points off top spot in this international break, made rivals start to worry? Seemingly not…
And finally, what do the media make of Liverpool right now? Increasingly positive murmuring from Fleet Street and the like: