It'll Be a Very Merry Christmas For Rafael Benitez And Liverpool!

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IDecember 23, 2008

It's that time of year again! The time when the football fixture list gets overloaded, and the bottom club in the Premier League starts cursing its opening to the season. Only one club has ever stayed up after being bottom at Christmas.

And that club just so happens to be the very one that is bottom this Christmas: West Brom. Whether they can produce another great escape remains to be seen, but while one club won't be having a happy Christmas, another one will be having their best for years.

Liverpool sit at the summit of the Premier League mountain at Christmas for the first time since 1996. Hopefully, the second half of the season will be more successful than that of 12 years ago.

The talk of the Premier League is whether they can keep it up, and net an unlikely, and unexpected 19th league crown.

Liverpudlians have barely dared to even whisper the possibility, but with every passing week, and every passing slip-up from Chelsea, the prospect becomes more and more realistic.

But, as much as Liverpool themselves have done to ensure they hold top spot at Christmas, many thanks have to go to Chelsea, who have done their very best to keep the Reds top.

The constant slip-ups from the top two in recent weeks could, however, pave the way for Manchester United to take advantage. With such a busy fixture schedule for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, however, they will drop points.

And who knows, if Aston Villa keep up their current form, they could play an important role in the title race, be it taking crucial points off the big boys, or pushing for honours themselves. They are, after all, only five points adrift of the top spot.

Benitez has said that he thinks Liverpool can win the title if they come out of this Christmas period still top of the table, which means a win against Bolton on Boxing Day is imperative.

Kidney stones or no kidney stones, this will be Benitez's and Liverpool's most enjoyable Christmas for quite some time!

Merry Christmas!



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