The problem with a turning point, is proving it’s a turning point. A reversal of their two goal deficit at home to Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday night and Liverpool's season could finally produce some reward for a club and fan base who are clearly willing to show patience. But the trouble with the comfortable league win over Swansea, if that's not an oxymoron in itself, is that expectation has now shifted up a gear.
Visiting manager Luciano Spalletti, whose side, unlike Liverpool, are contenders for their domestic title, approaches the game knowing one goal would mean Liverpool would need to score four times to go through; an improbable task, regardless of what was achieved against a fledgling Swansea side.
With a set-up strong enough, likely to leave the likes of experienced Russian international Sergey Semak on the bench, Zenit will come to Anfield confident of closing out the tie with the hope of repeating their run as eventual winners over Glasgow Rangers in 2008. What a difference five years makes for the latter.