Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes the Reds have an awful lot to do if they are to make the top four this season.
Liverpool’s odds of finishing in the Champions League places have gone from odds on at the start of the season to 4-1 following a sixth Premier League defeat of the season at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers side have now lost four consecutive matches in all competitions, and head into their next match knowing a defeat will all but end their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.
And the Reds former European Cup winning captain has fears for his former club.
Thompson said: “The only thing going in Liverpool’s favour is that the so called ‘big teams’ have been average and you look at what Southampton are doing and they show there’s still a possibility.
“However, the odds don’t lie and it’s hard to see where the next win is going to come from. It’s going to be extremely difficult with a lack of points, form and confidence.
“As I said on Soccer Saturday, the problems lie deeper than just Daniel Sturridge and even when he comes back it’s going to be difficult with his fitness issues.”
Thommo added: “It’s going to be a big five weeks for Brendan for turning things around and people are going to start to look at the January transfer window.
“The players he has brought in have not done it and the question is: what will be done in January?
“A whole raft of players were brought in when maybe just a couple of top-class players should have been bought.”