Scoring goals in the dying embers of games used to be a hall mark of the successful Liverpool sides of my youth.
“Lucky Lucky Liverpool” would often be aimed in my direction by my Dad when they had scored yet another last gasp winner.
But of course they weren't lucky – and Dad knew it. They were fitter and stronger and they had the backing of a vociferous and partisan crowd who were able to make the ball find the back of the net by sheer willpower. A far cry from the modern match day fan who leaves five minutes early to miss the full time rush.
That dynamic is changing though and through his own force of character Jurgen Klopp is changing attitudes and influencing results. Within the space of a few home games the crowd have stopped streaming for the exits towards the end of games and have been treated to two last minute goals that have salvaged a point.
Under the previous manager that happened so rarely and is what led to his dismissal. Towards the end of Rodgers' reign the play passed by like a river silently flowing and meandering to it's inevitable conclusion. The crowd were disenchanted and passive. Come backs were never on the cards.
Contrast with the game at Arsenal where the crowd were loud and Klopp sent on his newest recruit – 6'4' defender Steven Caulker in the final minutes and immediately played him up top like an old fashioned striker. The intention was clear and the crowd lapped it up.
Twice now in the space of a few games Liverpool have gained a point at home where they would have finished empty handed in the past. Changes are afoot and slowly but surely Liverpool are becoming an exciting team to watch again.
The biggest game of the season sees a Manchester United team visit tagged with being boring and “unexciting”. How times have changed.
Klopp still has a massive job on his hands to restore this once great club to former glories but everyone can see progress is being made every game. Some of the football Liverpool played in the first half against Arsenal was sublime stuff.
Once again the defence let the team down and five forays into the Liverpool box led to three goals for the visitors on Wednesday and we should be thankful that this United team are having their own problems in front of goal.
For the first time in a long time Liverpool fans can look forward to this fixture with confidence and expectation. Never mind that the best striker at the club is permanently crocked and the £32 million pound man can't get a start. This is a team that is playing like one.