Liverpool players dare not start the 2014-2015 English Premier League season for their club the way they have endured their treacherous FIFA World Cup campaign with England in Brazil.
Unfortunate yet convincing losses to Italy and Uruguay as well as a listless 0-0 draw to group winners Costa Rica have left them crashing out of Brazil at the earliest convenience.
What seems to worry over analytical Liverpool fans though is that at least five players of the English starting XI are starters for their club.
Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard showed not an ounce of dominance they showed against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in the last domestic campaign which almost saw Liverpool land the league title.
What does this mean though going into next season?
With many rival teams intensely beefing up their strategies and squads, Liverpool must ensure they fix what was broken from a near perfect last season. First to get tightened is the defence.
Sad to say that not even Daniel Agger is good enough anymore; the Dane having been a stalwart for the Red of Liverpool as well as Denmark for almost a decade.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has kept a shrewd eye of proceedings in Brazil, mainly to spot players but also importantly to view his players' capability against world class opposition.
Plenty to think about for Rodgers
The latest ban received on Luis Suarez for yet another biting incident will also not make the Northern Irishman satisfied with events in Brazil.
There is no test on par with the World Cup and it is quite concerning to know that the Reds of England failed their examinations. Perhaps their passion for the Red of Merseyside provides a bigger heartbeat than the beat of England.
So now that England are out, most people's money will be on a South American team. Surely it will not be a Central American team who have caused such surprising havoc in Group D.
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