Whichever way you look at it, 2013/14 has been a season of quick progress for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.
The Reds are now showing the type of consistent points-winning form that puts them “in the conversation,” as Rodgers put it in an interview with BBC Sport.
Although defeats at Manchester City and Chelsea over the festive fixture schedule put Liverpool back into fifth place and six points off league leaders Arsenal going into 2014, they are increasingly being contemplated as an outsider in the most tight Premier League season to date.
Contributing to Liverpool’s success story have been a number of players who have gone under the radar of the mainstream media, but are winning the praise of Liverpool fans for their strong performances this season.
Whilst the world raves over the superb goalscoring records of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, and more recently, the rejuvenation of Jordan Henderson, there are other players in the team that deserve their share of the credit, too.