By Nick Teale
After a turbulent first half of the season things seem to be looking up at Anfield.
Out of the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, the Reds are locked in a battle to secure fourth place in the Premier League. But an unbeaten run of seven League games in which they have conceded just the one goal has seen them move into the top four and they know a win over Arsenal would be a major boost to their season.
Ahead of Wednesday night's clash we caught up with Dominic King of the Liverpool Echo to get an Anfield perspective on the match.
THE STORY SO FAR
"It looks like Liverpool have turned the corner. Things can change quite quickly in the Premier League but signs over the last month have certainly been encouraging. They had their backs against the wall against Everton [on Saturday] when they went down to 10 men but they took the goal well and they were comfortable really from that point. Obviously beating your local rivals is always a huge fillip and I'm sure that will be the case again."
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
"They are far from the finished article, that needs to be stressed but they have ground out a run of seven unbeaten games, six clean sheets, and they are moving on the right tracks. They certainly aren't playing in the free-flowing manner that was so evident at the end of last season but the signs are encouraging."
"They've found this form without Fernando Torres, which dispels the myth that Liverpool are a two-man team. Obviously a striker of Torres' calibre is a huge miss. It speaks volumes that Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard and others have stepped forward and ensured that he hasn't been missed too badly."
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"There's a long way to go and speaking to the players and the manager they are not going to sidetrack themselves by looking at where they could be in May. Because of the way the season has been it's just about looking at the next challenge, and the next challenge is Arsenal and they'll want to take three points there and see where that takes them."
THE MAN IN CHARGE
"The managing director, Christian Purslow, has reiterated on several occasions that Rafael Benitez's job is safe. He is one of the best managers in Europe and I don't think Liverpool would be looking to change him even if the worst comes to the worst. Last season may have been their only title challenge [under Benitez] but he won the Champions League in his first season and has overseen two campaigns that have yielded 82 points, and an 86-point campaign. Yes this season hasn't gone how people would have envisaged but there are funny circumstances around the club that he has to work with."
"Large parts of the game on Saturday did pass him by and you could see in the first 15 minutes that it was the sort of game that he had never witnessed before. But he started showing some nice touches the more he got attuned to the pace of the game and I think he could prove to be a good acquisition."