Watching Arsenal beat Manchester City was a bit of a strange experience. Teams are beating or taking points from each other from week to to week with the exception of Premier League leaders Leicester City. Yet Liverpool dismantled Manchester City and Southampton in their own grounds not too long ago. Did the games look like flukes? Were there some exceptional performances from Liverpool players?
Arsenal and Manchester City will be fighting for the title, but what exactly should Liverpool be fighting for this season?The right manager is in place, the financial support will be there, but what of the existing squad? After a heavy defeat away to Watford FC that left Jürgen Klopp's side off the pace for Champions League qualification, Graeme Souness had harsh words for the majority of Liverpool's squad.
"I don't think the players are good enough and there's a lot of work ahead for them," Souness said in his capacity as a Sky Sports pundit. "They got off to a terrible start but you are looking for a reaction at that time and for the players to be angry and not to feel sorry for themselves.
"The bottom line, when you cut away all the excuses, [is] are they good enough? It's not a quick fix. They've got some decent players and some that might get better but it's going to be a long road for them."
Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion, and Watford revealed that Liverpool have some work to do. Brendan Rodgers spoke of needing tools with which to complete his work, but after nearly three months under Klopp so far, what can Liverpool achieve with the players at the club? After a run of three or four games in a season such as this one, expectations and appraisals tend to veer from one extreme to the other.
I think there are quite a few good players at the club even with the desperately disappointing form shown this month, but leave your ideas on the players below after having some time for the defeat to Watford to wear off. Which players make it beyond the end of the season and survive the first two transfer windows of the Jürgen Klopp era?