Excluding the draw against Man United, you could view Liverpool’s recent run of games positively – beating teams without playing well, with more still to come.
On the other hand, you could simply just view the performances through the prism that Liverpool aren’t quite good enough to go all the way this season.
After the goalless draw against Man United, Sky Sports’ TV pundits generally took the latter view, with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both saying they ‘don’t think Liverpool will win the league’.
"I think it's surprised a lot of people"
However, he did add that “they’ve certainly got to worry about January with (Mo) Salah going to AFCON, that’s going to be a big miss for them.”
He also said Liverpool have “got to build on and be a lot better than what they have been today (vs. Man United), because you can play all you want and show all the stats you like, but if you dont get the results in the end and the wins, that’s what matters most.”
“They’re only five points off the top, it’s nothing really when you think about it.”
“The Champions League knockout phase comes along and all of a sudden it gets really serious, and Manchester City‘s players could step up and they could go on a great run. They could go and win that league.”
While Carragher said he doesn’t “think Liverpool can win the league,” he was still fairly upbeat about the Reds.
“How good is this Liverpool team? It’s almost ahead of schedule,” explained the former centre-back. “I think the feeling was can Liverpool make sure they get back into the Champions League this season?
“Maybe have a go at the Europa League and then next season’s the time to really get back.”