Okay - maybe a disappointing loss. We missed big chances (Coutinho, Sterling) and conceded due to the ineptness of Skrtel and a goalkeeping error. But for large chunks of the match we went toe-to-toe with City and looked capable. Henderson and Allen look comfortable and confident. Sterling, despite that error, is playing well, showing composure more often than not. We played like that whilst missing three first team players. The point is - compare were we are right now to last season. On boxing day 2012 we lost 3-1 to Stoke, away. We were 10th, on 25 points. The team was Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Gerrard, Downing, Shelvey, Suarez, Suso. We have improved, and this January will improve again. We have players coming back in February, and will sign one or two (or should do). Take heart from this performance. Don't mind the result. We were worthy of at least a draw, but that's football. The signs of improvement are there, and we will be in the running for 4th right to the wire this season.