If only the Reds were as good on the road this season as they are at Anfield...
Brendan Rodgers’ side have picked up a huge 21 points from a possible 24, with their only glitch coming in a 1-0 defeat against Southampton back on September 21.
Since then, the Reds have thrashed CrystalPalace, West Brom, Fulham, NorwichCity and West Ham United, scoring 20 goals along the way and surging up to second in the table.
And, perhaps surprisingly, their form at Anfield this season is better than Liverpool’s record during the first part of the 2008-09 season, when they were fighting for the title.
At this stage of the season five years ago, Benitez’s team had already suffered frustrating draws against Fulham and West Ham United, and were about to drop more points in a 2-2 draw against HullCity as their season suffered a wobble before Christmas.
However, by this stage of that season, they had racked up an impressive 19 points away from home, and had already won at ManchesterCity and Chelsea. Benitez’s men showed a ruthless streak on their travels which contrasted with nervy displays at home.
That is in contrast to this season, in which Rodgers’ side have been decidedly inconsistent away from Merseyside, with just nine points from a possible 21.
Dropped points at the likes of Newcastle, Swansea and Everton – all games in which Liverpool led – have hampered their title challenge.
It all points to one thing: that if Liverpool are to mount their most serious title challenge since 2009, the basis for that assault will come at home - and they are on the right track.
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