As Jose Mourinho's Chelsea impressively occupy pole posiiton in the Premier League table with a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool team have stalled in their ascendancy from last season.
The Reds have already lost three matches so far in their seven Premier League encounters, coupled with a relatively poor Champions League display.
Liverpool must pick up form
Liverpool must avoid a further dip in form if they are to get anywhere near Chelsea, who are already a massive nine points ahead.
If it makes things any easier for Liverpool, Arsenal occupy 8th place above the 9th placed Reds with the same number of points but two goals superior on difference.
Both teams can take inspiration from each other and begin climbing the ladder with clasped hands as the mere thought of the top four already cementing itself becomes a fear both the north London and Merseyside clubs can surely not live with.
United in touching distance
Another positive for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his men is that 4th placed Manchester United are only one point away. The problem, though, is that United have the potential and are fully capable of causing damage to any Premier League defence.
United now have the midfield and strikers fans at the Theatre of Dreams has been dreaming of and the fact that United will not at all be distracted away from their domestic campaign due to a lack of European football is definitely a bonus; a bonus Rodgers and his men should have capitalised on last season.
The ten-day international break could do Liverpool very well. To be fair, the Red men should have beaten Everton if not for a fantastic final minute strike from Phil Jagielka at Anfield on matchday six; and with the 2-1 win this last Saturday against West Brom, the Reds can start looking ahead and reopen their form book for a return-from-injury Daniel Sturridge to continue writing his fine goal-scoring story into.
Future is bright for Liverpool
Liverpool fans will be hoping that the run of bad league form is over and that players like Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic can begin to integrate themselves into the Rodgers' way we witnessed so fabulously last campaign.
As for the Champion's League, Anfield await Real Madrid in matchday 3 on October 22 and if the Reds can outperform an irresistible Ronaldo and Real Madrid, Liverpool will be in big business.
The loss of Luis Suarez has clearly knocked the team a step, or possibly two back, but the players that cost Liverpool so much must deliver soon if the Reds are to maintain their Champions' League appearance into next season. It excitedly remains to be seen if that appearance will come at Arsenal or the Red Devils' expense.
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