columnist Rob Facey reacts to Liverpool's record-breaking
victory at Stamford Bridge and wonders whether this is the season the Reds
finally bring the title back to Anfield.
Rafa Benitez hailed his victorious Liverpool side as realistic
title contenders his side's 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
Xabi Alonso's deflected goal was enough to secure all three
points and for the first time this season there is now daylight at the top of
the Premier League.
It was a deserved victory for Benitez's men who have now
beaten Chelsea and United already this season, both times without Fernando
Torres on the pitch.
"We have the quality and the
mentality to fight against the top sides and to win here was a really difficult
thing to do," Benitez
said, as reported in The Times.
here sends a massive message to the other teams of what we can do and tells our
fans what we are about."
Liverpool fans have long suffered taunts from
other fans of the Big Four, but could this be the season where the tables are
turned? Benitez certainly thinks so.
here with that mentality and showing the character the players showed gives us
a big boost for the rest of the season," he continued.
have belief, we have quality and we showed coming from behind in the other
games that we had character.
enough to make us contenders, this is enough to put us at the top of the table
Benitez is warning the other sides that his team mean
business, but just how far can Liverpool go?
Is the season the Reds finally bring the title back to
Anfield or is there something still missing?
Could it be the uncertainty around the ownership of the club
that still causes an element of doubt?
This must be their best chance of winning the league and
Sunday was the moment that the football world took note of Liverpool's