Are Liverpool Fans Still Behind Rafa Benitez?

Jonathan ManleyCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2008

Throughout Liverpool's faltering Premier League campaign the noises coming out of Anfield have been in support of the manager.

The feeling was that a sustained assault on the Premier League title was always about to materialise.

Yet, on the night of January 2, the Reds lay in fifth place—a mammoth 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, albeit with a game in hand.

A lot of fans across these very pages have been extremely patient with the club's (lack of) progress, and quick to shoot down anyone who dares to question the methods utilised by Rafa Benitez. 

It would be interesting to see if this unswerving support has in any way dwindled during what has been a far from comfortable period over Christmas and New Year.

Two draws in their last two games have seen Liverpool slip even further behind the leaders—and had they not grabbed a last gasp winner at Derby, it would be even worse.

Is this really acceptable to Liverpool fans?  Are they prepared to see their beloved team plodding their way down the the road of mediocrity?  Or is this assessment too harsh after a couple of indifferent results?

Come on Liverpool fans—what do you think?