Mood swings are common in the Premier League. A run of consecutive wins or consecutive defeats will have a team in buoyant mood or in crisis. Never more has this applied than to Liverpool, who having endured a disastrous start to the season now find themselves within two wins of fourth place. Glen Johnson, just a week after enduring a public spat with his manager, claimed that Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four are alive and well.
“We are still quite close to the top and if we can build on this performance then I’m sure we can be close to where we want to be,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
Signings expect improvement.
Having picked up thirteen points from their previous six Premier League games, Liverpool are revitalised. However, both Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, summer signings by Roy Hodgson, admit that more improvement must follow if Liverpool are to challenge at the top end of the table.
“I know the team did not start so well when I first signed but you have seen glimpses of what we can do during the recent four-game winning run,” he told the Liverpool Echo. Poulsen echoed his midfield partner’s cautious optimism: “If we work hard and keep listening to the things that the boss wants to do, I’m sure that we will be a much better team when we come to the games in February and March.”
Joe Cole will return from his month-long injury lay off for this weekend’s trip to Tottenham, skysports.com reports. Roy Hodgson said that his midfield playmaker, absent since the 1-0 defeat of Bolton in October, would be fit for Sunday’s game having taken slightly longer to recover from his hamstring injury than was originally anticipated.
“Joe should be back for Sunday,” he said. “Joe is not that far away really, so hopefully he will have recovered in time for Tottenham.” He returns to a Liverpool team cautiously easing its way back to form having won four from their last six in the Premier League.