By Ross Winton
After what can only be described as a dreadful start to their league campaign, Liverpool FC appear to have finally clicked into gear ahead of their opening UEFA Champions League encounter tonight.
Last seasons Barclay’s Premier League runners-up have made life difficult for themselves already this term having lost as many league games in their first three of this season as they did in the whole of last season. Defeat away from home to a rampant Tottenham Hotspur was followed by a lacklustre display at Anfield to Aston Villa, which left Rafael Benitez’s men with just 3 points from a possible 9.
Such poor displays from the Red’s, collaborated with the loss of playmaker Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in the summer, left national press already questioning whether or not Liverpool were equipped to challenge for their first league title in nearly 20 years.
But Benitez’s men are if nothing else resilient and proved their mettle with a gritty display away to Bolton, and a resounding 4-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday.
And now the Liverpool boss believes his squad are ready to once again show their European credentials ahead of this evening’s clash with Hungarian champions Debrecen.
Benitez said: ”We have been working hard, sending scouts to watch them and we have a lot of information now.”
”The players are excited. We know the Champions League is a massive trophy and it is always important to win trophies.”
In previous years, Benitez has been criticised for regarding the Champions League as his main priority as opposed to the league title, but it seems now the Spaniard is focussed on all major competitions as Liverpool attempt to claim their first silverwear since their dramatic FA Cup victory in 2006.
Things now appear to be taking a turn for the better at Anfield, but work must still be done if the Red’s are to secure their first league title since Kenny Dalglish’s class of 1990.