Despite going down 1-0 at Wigan last night, Liverpool still have their noses in front in the race for that much-coveted final Europa League spot.
They obviously like it in that tournament. Despite playing just two matches in the nascent competition, their goal average of four goals scored for every one conceded means it's evidently their kind of place.
Had they managed a smash-and-grab raid for all three points at the DW Stadium, they could have dared to dream about climbing up the table and joining the big guns in the top four.
It's an inspirational example of just what a club lacking in star players and working to a tight budget can achieve.
The Reds are currently sixth in the table, although Aston Villa now have three games in hand with which to overturn a three-point gap.
After that, Rafa Benitez and his boys will be looking over their shoulders at fellow Europa League hopefuls Everton and Birmingham. If the Blues win their two games in hand, they will be just two points behind the Reds.
Things may have been different were it not for a display of Nicklas Bendtner proportions from Fernando Torres. The only difference was that the Spaniard didn't have a high-scoring midfield to cover his tracks.
Instead, in midfield the Reds had Steven Gerrard, the man who led England out on to the Wembley turf last week as their captain. In the tradition of those who wear the England armband in recent times, Stevie G proved himself to be an inspirational figure and role model by appearing to flick a V-sign at referee Andre Marriner, who had the temerity to book him for a scissor-tackle on James McCarthy.
The dreaded 'FA rap' could be on its way to him soon, and no doubt a flea in his ear from Fabio Capello too, who warned his players only last week about their behaviour between now and travelling to South Africa.
As an attacking midfielder with boundless energy, it would be no surprise if Diego Maradona was one of Gerrard's heroes as a boy. However, emulating the Argentina legend's recent penchant for not-so-sly hand gestures in full glare of the media is not the best habit to pick up on the eve of a World Cup.
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Arsenal welcome Porto to the Emirates this evening for their Champions League last 16 second leg, but they are missing their key man from the first match. That man is, of course, Lukasz Fabianski.
The Gunners are also without Cesc Fabregas, but the club captain did not have nearly as much of an impact on the tie at the Estadio do Dragao as the Polish goalkeeper, whose antics led to Porto winning 2-1.
Fabianski's partner in crime Sol Campbell looks set to get a shot at redemption due to injury to William Gallas. The former Notts County defender may well have spent the last few days of training showing Manuel Almunia the quickest way to Row Z from a backpass, something he picked up from his spell in League Two.
The Gunners have not overturned a first-leg deficit in Europe for over 30 years but, then again, Porto have never won in London on six previous visits.
However, Porto have progressed through each of their last 24 two-legged ties in which they have had to defend an aggregate lead away from home. Even that away goal, a returning Arshavin and a competent keeper between the sticks may not be enough for the Gunners.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "When I found out I had cancer, I did not think I would be back refereeing. I thought that was it. I thought my career was over. But here I am. Hopefully I can run out on the pitch and get all the abuse I am used to." - Mark Halsey is just happy to get back to normality as he returns to refereeing after winning his fight with throat cancer. Halsey, who was diagnosed with the illness on the day before the season started, will take charge of a reserve match between Leicester and Scunthorpe tonight.
FOREIGN VIEW: "When will I decide my future? In two or three weeks. I am not 100 per cent sure I am going to go to Real Madrid. Barca is also attracted, and there is Chelsea. But that doesn't necessarily mean I will leave Bayern." - It's fair to say that Franck Ribery is keeping his options open, then.
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