The other significant point behind Liverpool's Old Trafford triumph

More points this season than last - and there are still nine more games to play.

Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Manchester United yesterday was significant for several reasons.

Significant because Liverpool have won at another ground this season that has been unkind to them over the years – their first win at Old Trafford since 2009.

Significant because it keeps them firmly in the title hunt on a weekend when one of their main title rivals in Chelsea lost to Aston Villa - and their other rivals for the Premier League crown were victorious.

The other significant reason is that yesterday was officially the day when Liverpool could say - without argument - that progress has been made under Brendan Rodgers in his second season in charge at the club.

Liverpool now have 62 points from 29 games – they have surpassed their points tally of 61 from last season with nine games to spare. Their current points per game ratio currently has the Reds finishing on 81 points this season.

What makes it all the more remarkable is that Liverpool didn’t make that many changes in the past two transfer windows.

The men they brought in during the summer that have had significant spells in the side this season have been Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Aly Cissokho. Note that all of the players are responsible for defending in some capacity, where injuries have struck several times for the Reds this season.

Victor Moses, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas were also brought to the club but haven’t featured prominently in the first team this campaign.

Going forward the changes were made in the previous January – and given that Liverpool's defence is supposedly their weak link, it has made the job Brendan Rodgers has done this season all the more remarkable.

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