'I've won here before with Fulham though so maybe I should adopt the Reebok as my new favourite ground.' ROY HODGSON is able to bask in the glow of a rare away day success
'A goal so late in the game is a great thing from their point of view. That gave us so little time to recover and that was cruel,' OWEN COYLE laments Maxi Rodriguez's killer blow
'I THINK tables are of no interest until at least 10 games have been played. Then you start looking to see how big a gap there is between yourself and the top teams or between yourself and the bottom teams.' - Roy Hodgson, September 10, 2010.
As he sits down to study the Premier League standings today, Liverpool's manager will momentarily furrow his brow at the sight of his side being in 12th spot but then take heart from the fact that a position that threatened to be desperate does now not look so bleak.
Hodgson might have spent the opening stages of his reign ignoring football's vital statistics but, for the past month, Liverpudlians have been forced to view them with mounting horror owing to the Reds being trapped in the bottom three.
Had Hodgson lost what he inadvertently made such a big fixture all those weeks ago, the growing unease of some supporters could easily have boiled over yesterday but, as things stand, Liverpool might just be heading into a period of on-field prosperity.
Though they left it late, victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium - achieved thanks to a moment of genius from Fernando Torres and a strike of great poise from Maxi Rodriguez - was absolutely deserved and enabled them to leap six places.
More than that, it has thrust them into a place where they can start to think about hunting down those who had stolen a march on them during that lamentable period when practically everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
What a difference seven days and back-to-back victories have made; suddenly Liverpool are three points away from fifth-placed Tottenham and should they beat Chelsea next Sunday - a big if, admittedly - their 11-game tally would not be too dissimilar to last season's haul at the same stage.
'It's just nice to be out of the bottom three,' reflected Jamie Carragher. 'We've been in there a while so it's been difficult to look at the table. We know we haven't had a great start but with the league so tight, a few wins can certainly help us climb the table.'