Liverpool made a somewhat sluggish start to the season and found themselves uncomfortably close to the relegation zone as they struggled to present an attacking threat. However, after 12 games played, they now have one of the league’s deadliest frontmen in Luis Suarez who has already tallied 13 goals.
New manager Brendan Rodgers’ ambitions to change the system and style of the Reds’ play have started to come to fruition and his blooding of youngsters has paid dividends – they now boast one of the most exciting young English prospects in Raheem Sterling who along with Suso, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly, Joe Allen and Andre Wisdom, has injected energy and spirit into the team in abundance.
“Teams are dropping points all over the place," observed Carragher.
"We look at it as if we haven't had a great start to the season but winning yesterday we're not too far off the top four, which is where we want to be.”
Liverpool breezed past Wigan at Anfield on Saturday in their 3-0 victory which sees their form improve – they are unbeaten in 7 games since their defeat by Manchester United in September.
They’re 1-1 draw at Chelsea last weekend showed that Rodgers’ side can match the quality and conviction of the top-four sides but they will, as Rodgers’ conceded himself after the game at Stamford Bridge, need to turn those draws into wins if they want to achieve their ambitions this season.
“From our own point of view, we want to push on and make a challenge for the top four. It seems like if everyone is throwing it away it is still up for grabs."
Liverpool could conceivably fight their way into the top-four – but they’d have to hope Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur who placed 3rd and 4th last season, respectively, do them a number of favours.
Synonymously, they’ll need to shrug off competition from Everton and West Brom who currently sit inside the Champion’s League places. I can’t see either of those teams occupying those positions come May but, then again, stranger things have happened but, if they can’t do it, neither can Liverpool who have yet to make it into the top half of the table.
Ultimately, they can – but I think they would need to spend a lot of money in January to do it.