After such a storming start to the season, Liverpool must surely be disappointed that they have ended 2013 outside of the Champions League places.
They were tipped to win the title after spending numerous weeks at the summit of the Premier League but have dropped of slightly, despite being top last week.
It just shows how close the title contest is, and it will certainly not be the usual two-horse race of recent seasons.
Two 2-1 defeats against Manchester City and now Chelsea mean they have dropped out of the top four for the first time this season, as their Merseyside rivals claim the final Champions League spot after overcoming Southampton 2-1, which just rubs salt in the wounds for Liverpool.
Does this drop in form and defeats against the big guns show that Liverpool simply don't have the quality to win the league?
Well, that's debatable but it's certainly true that they lack strength in depth that City, Chelsea and United have.
Their first team is of top quality but after that; not so much. Two of their most important players are out at the moment and could stay that way for quite a bit longer. I'm talking, of course, about Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard.
However, if the team is missing those two then they aren't showing it. Everyone was buzzing over the SAS partnership - no not Sutton and Shearer, but Suarez and Sturridge.
It didn't last long as Sturridge got injured, though that hasn't affected Suarez in the slightest and he's really storming, scoring 19 goals already this season.
That in itself is a reason they need to get in the top four because Suarez will pack his bags if Champions League football is not delivered.
He couldn't do it on his own, though, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling joining Suarez to make a formidable attack.
The football they are playing is truly beautiful. If the Reds want to win the league they must keep those players fit and in form.
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