As the transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on Friday, perhaps Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four have also vanished as an absence of frantic final day activity has left the fans questioning the ability of their new manager.
Much like the confusion over the dip in the recent GCSE results, Liverpool fans must be wondering how boss Brendan Rogers has ended up with a squad that will struggle to make the grades expected.
The significant departures of Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy and most recently Andy Carroll have left the reds very short in attack and considering Liverpool’s problems with scoring goals in recent years this could be very costly in the chase for the Champions League.
However, Rodgers has refused to panic so far and is confident that the revolution rather than evolution at Anfield can be achieved with what has already been acquired.
The arrivals of Nuri Sahin, Fabio Borini and Joe Allen look good for the future but it’s the current level of quality in the Liverpool squad that has got the supporters worried.
Experienced players like Martin Skrtel and Stewart Downing have struggled to adapt to the new passing style imposed by Rodgers and it is difficult to see how Liverpool are going to score the goals to fire them into the top four with just two recognised strikers.
A whiff of naivety also arose about Rodgers on Friday night as Liverpool missed an open goal-like transfer for Clint Dempsey (The Mirror) and also failed to persuade Theo Walcott (The Star), Daniel Sturridge (BBC Sport) and Klaas Jan Huntelaar (ESPN) to join the revolution.
After a mixed start to the season and little success in the transfer market it seems that players and onlookers alike are starting to ponder whether Brendan Rogers is out of his depth at Anfield.
It was always going to be difficult to turn Liverpool into top four contenders in one season but Rodgers seems to be making it even harder by imposing his strict style and relying on a thin and unproven squad of players.
It’s still early days for Brendan Rogers but win over the fans and the owners he will need to knuckle down and study hard ready for some tough tests ahead. If not he could see the end of term come very quickly.