Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes it will be a daunting task for manager Brendan Rodgers to propel the Reds to one of the coveted top four places on the league table this season.
Defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace at the weekend has put Liverpool 12th on the table; their worst start to a league season in 22 years.
Palace loss and repercussions
The Merseysiders were humiliated by Palace in a rain-soaked encounter at the weekend. Two late goals from Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak gave Palace a 3-1 victory, making it a third successive defeat for Rodgers's side.
Thompson, who was a mainstay in the globe-conquering Liverpool side of the 70's and 80's believes it will be extremely difficult for his beloved club to qualify for next year's Champions League, according to the Daily Mirror.
"The odds don't lie and it's hard to see where the next win is going to come from. It's going to be extremely difficult with a lack of points, form and confidence," he said.
"The odds don't lie and it's hard to see where the next win is going to come from. It's going to be extremely difficult with a lack of points, form and confidence"
But the three-time European Cup winner believes there's could still be light at the end of the tunnel as many big clubs have been average this season and that the Reds should look at Southampton, who sit quite astoundingly in second place in the Premier League table, for inspiration.
“The only thing going in Liverpool’s favour is that the so-called big teams have been average and you look at what Southampton are doing and they show there's still a possibility,” he said.
“As I said on Soccer Saturday, the problems lie deeper than just Daniel Sturridge and even when he comes back, it's going to be difficult with his fitness issues," he added.
Tough times ahead
Liverpool have a very busy schedule ahead, playing 10 games from now till the end of the year. Thompson believes this will be a crucial period for the Reds and could prove to be the litmus test for their Champions League ambitions.
“It's going to be a big five weeks for Brendan [Rodgers] for turning things around and people are going to start to look at the January transfer window,” he said.
Liverpool made a mammoth eight signings this summer and brought Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid, but Thompson believes the new arrivals have 'not done it'. He believes Rodgers should have bought a couple of quality players instead of rafting in a plethora of average and mediocre signings.
“The players he has brought in have not done it and the question is: what will be done in January?", he said.
“A whole raft of players were brought in when maybe just a couple of top-class players should have been bought," he added.