Liverpool badly need to get their house in order if they want to have a hope of clawing their way back into the top four again any time soon. The building blocks are all there: a devoted fanbase, a young team rife with potential, a manager with a decent track record and the rest of it.
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, history has repeated itself... again. A season of hope created last year has been followed by a term failure. And even while Brendan Rodgers will get another opportunity to set things right, it could be his last chance if he doesn't succeed.
What looked like a minor disaster of a season three months ago could turn out to be an unqualified success by the end of May - and leave them set up for a genuine title push next season. Watch out.
The goals may not be flowing as freely as last season when Suarez and Sturridge were in a rich vein of form, but Rodgers appears to have finally struck the right balance in attack with the players at his disposal.
It was a shrewd move from Brendan Rodgers to go in front of the press last week and admit that he was aware of being the bookies' favourite for the sack. Possibly his smartest move of the season.
The Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been heavily under fire this season, and thus far the criticism peaked in the wake of Liverpool being hammered...
Clegg is not alone this week in turning on his leader. In his new autobiography, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen takes a swipe at his Vice Captain Matt Prior, describing the wicket keeper as 'a Dairylea triangle thinking he was a Brie'.
The way Liverpool are headed at the moment, it's entirely possible that they'll be left to scrap it out with Manchester United for the last place in the top six, which would be a rather painful comedown after their title challenge last season.
Reina quite clearly could have had a part to play at Anfield in the upcoming campaign had Rodgers opted against selling him. Every great team needs quality personnel in all positions and the goalkeeper is no different. Mignolet did not miss a minute for Liverpool in the Premier League last season, but what's to say he will not pick up an injury on the first day after the transfer window closes?
Last season they came in under the radar, with very few people talking them up as title contenders until relatively late in the season. When they finally bashed the door down and sat atop the Premier League table, the players seemed to see everyone looking at them, panicked and promptly fell.
It has now been 24 years since Cameroon became the darling of the football world. They shocked the holders Argentina 1-0 in Milan to open the legendary 1990 World Cup in Italy, and went onto reach the quarter-finals. It took two dubious penalties from Gary Lineker to eliminate the African side and The Indomitable Lions were launched into World Cup folklore...
Liverpool have enjoyed a monumental winning streak, lasting 11 games. Being able to remain unbeaten for that long is one thing, but winning that many games on the trot really does encapsulate the passion and desire felt by the players, sending out a message to the teams around them.
So said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday. Rodgers's comments reflect a larger feeling in English football that playing a defensive style means never being the better team, whatever the result at the final whistle.
Stifled by Chelsea and decided by a slip, Liverpool's loss has left their title hopes in the balance. Goals in added time at the end of each half were enough to end Liverpool's 11 match winning run and prevent them from scoring for the first time since they lost to 2-0 to Arsenal in November.
Anfield was decked in red and white yesterday as Liverpool were fully expected to record a victory over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea which would all but take them to the club's first English championship since 1990, however the wheels spectacularly fell off the Reds' title charge as they were frustrated by the discipline and focus of Mourinho's defence.
Two decades of disappointment and dismay for The Kop are close to becoming a thing of the past. Whilst the faithful cohorts of other clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea may disagree, this could be a blessing for English football. The Premier League has been looking for a shake-up and Liverpool winning the league may provide just that.