Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side have turned a corner as they seek to extend their unbeaten seven-match Barclays Premier League run.
A second home win of the season last weekend against Wigan came on the back of a draw at Chelsea and there is a general feeling that there has been an upturn at Anfield. Their current undefeated sequence is the Reds' longest since November last year, when they managed eight matches, and only leaders Manchester City have gone longer without losing.
"I felt the opening period was always going to be difficult for us; a new manager, new ideas and some tough fixtures," he said. "There has been a lot of change over the course of the summer but it is much smoother now and there is a real spurt around the club."
He added: "We have had three teenagers (Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom) a lot of the time in our team and they will make mistakes and our senior players are carrying them along at the minute.
"Short term we want to keep performing well. The players want to improve and that gives us a great future going forward and hopefully we keep chipping away and moving on.
"It's where we finish at the end of the season that will be the most important thing. It's about continuing our improvement.
"I've said before - and I'll repeat it again - we'll get even stronger in the second half of the season because we'll get better in our ways of working and get a better understanding what we're trying to achieve in terms of the team.
"Where we're at in May will define how good a season we've had."
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