After a poor start to the Premier League season and a disappointing Champions League campaign, last season’s close title race between Liverpool and current champions Manchester City seems like a lifetime ago.
Things just haven’t been the same since the departure of lead man Luis Suarez to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer. The funds acquired from his departure were supposed to provide ample reinvestment for Brendan Rodgers to add more depth and quality to his squad.
Liverpool spent a large sum of money to bring in the type of players that Rogers felt appropriate to take the team forward and build on last season’s second place finish.
However, the new signings have not been performing to the standard required at Anfield, and as a result the Reds seem a shadow of their former selves – not too dissimilar to Tottenham’s situation shortly after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid the year before.
Spurs also spent a lot of the funds bringing in big names who failed to deliver the goods at White Hart Lane, and under the new tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino they've been playing catch-up ever since.
The signing of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan was meant to help fill the void left by Suarez, but the Italian striker is yet to bring anything to the table in terms of goals and general quality of performance.
Other players like experienced forward Rickie Lambert haven’t been getting a look in, and it's very unlikely he will be giving a regular starting place in the team, despite the fact he was a key player back at former club Southampton.
Fans don’t seem to know what to think at the moment as key starter since his arrival Simon Mignolet was dropped to the bench to make way for long time server Brad Jones, and captain Steven Gerrard has also been inconsistent with starts and level of performance and is also hinting at a move away from Anfield or even possible retirement.
Liverpool have also been shown an early exit from the Champions League after being simply not up to standard.
It would seem that Rodgers needs to turn the Reds' season around ASAP if they are to garner any success at all from this season, with the Merseyside club currently languishing in tenth place in the Premier League.