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.
Well i have to say that is a near perfect weekend for Liverpool, great incentive going in to the derby, 3pts puts us top #LFC— Dan Holland (@danhollandlfc) November 10, 2013
Henderson superb again. £16m, £20m whatever the price he will prove to be a snip.— Matthew Sproston (@spros1) November 9, 2013
@thisisanfield I like that we are raising the bar and aiming for the title. I think it would make top 4 easier to achieve if we aim higher— jamesfrew6 (@jamesfrew6) November 10, 2013
There will never be a better opportunity for LFC to break into the top 4. Crazy season— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) November 10, 2013
@thisisanfield how do you go from finsihing 7th to 1st in one season— teddy kerrigan (@nature_boy88) November 10, 2013
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.
Liverpool will drop too many points to be in the title race but top 4 is a real possibility.— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) November 10, 2013
For now we're still Champions League contenders. If we buy properly in January, I say Brendan and the boys will then be in a title race #lfc— Nabeel Rylands (@nabeelorylands) November 11, 2013
So Mourinho says that #LFC arre weakest in the title race. News to us as we aren't even going for the title. We're just up there on a jolly.— ATeamThatWeAllKnow (@ATTWAK_LFC) November 5, 2013
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.
Henderson and Cissokho are playing very poor, so is Moses #LFC— neil tasker (@neil_tasker) October 19, 2013
Then, of course, there are the players, who appear to have passed the Liverpool Football Club crash course in positive P.R.
Great day at Anfield. Clean sheet, 4 goals and 3 points. #HappyDays— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) November 9, 2013
Good day for derby and Liverpool :-) Jheeeeeze— andre wisdom (@andrewisdom47x) November 9, 2013
Great with a win today and nice with a clean sheet:) Y.N.W.A— Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) November 9, 2013
But some players have other things on their mind…
Lovely fresh morning for training crumpets and tea to start the day. pic.twitter.com/VseTyE1jSX— jon flanagan (@jon_flan93) November 10, 2013
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…
The other two 'real' title contenders- Man City and Chelsea drop points dis weekend. Man utd and Liverpool are not title threats. #Fact.— Kelvin Opara Blaze (@realfond) November 10, 2013
@Giggidy_Rehan Liverpool will slip up dw, you're not title contenders yet mate, just some good form, the big teams you've played you've lost— Youniss (@YounisArshad1) November 10, 2013
And finally, what do the media make of Liverpool right now? Increasingly positive murmuring from Fleet Street and the like: