Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard believes the club's recent revival can be partly put down to new owner John W Henry.
The American, who fronts New England Sports Ventures, purchased the struggling giants from beleaguered compatriots Tom Hicks and George Gillett last month.
After their disappointing seventh-place finish last season, the Reds endured a difficult start to new campaign.
At one stage they slipped into the relegation places and, although they lost 2-0 at fierce rivals Everton in Henry's first game at the helm, the have since collected ten points from a possible 12 and Gerrard is adamant that the players are more relaxed with a settled structure in place at Anfield.
"I think it helps," he suggested.
"Listen, everyone wants to go on to the football pitch with everything right off the pitch and Liverpool had a hard 12 months with what's been going on off the pitch.
"We certainly wouldn't use it as an excuse for results on the pitch but it is nice and refreshing to know that we're in safe hands now.
"Everyone wants to move the club forward and everyone can concentrate on the football and on making headlines on the back pages rather than the front.
"At the beginning of the season our target was top four and that hasn't changed, but at the moment I don't want to get carried away.
"We are still in a position in the league we are not totally happy with, so we need to keep this run going and see where it takes us."