Liverpool produced one of their best performances of the season last night to gain a fourth succesive Premier League win at Anfield .
First half goals from Ryan Babel and David Ngog and a third from Maxi Rodriguez in the second half ensured a comfortable victory for the Reds who are now 8th in the Premier League , the highest position they have been all season .
Bookmakers reacted by cutting the odds on Liverpool finishing in the Top 4 to a best price 9/2 with Victor Chandler . The Reds are odds on at 1/2 with the same bookie to finish in the Top 6 .
Certainly Liverpool are improving under Roy Hodgson after a disastrous start to the campaign and last night's success was achieved without star men Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.
Liverpool now have 22 points from 16 games and are seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth position .
Whilst a Top 6 finish would seem well within reach , finishing in a Champions League spot is still a huge ask for Hodgson's side with stiff competiton from Spurs , who finished fourth last season ,as well as Manchester City who bookmakers make odds on to maintain their Top 4 position at the end of the season.
However with Gerrard due to return from injury as soon as this coming weekend for the trip to Newcastle , Liverpool fans can begin to start feeling genuinely positive for the first time in a while about the direction of the club .