I didn’t believe at the beginning of the season that Liverpool had a team capable of winning the Premiership.
It was apparent from last season’s form that they needed to improve the squad and reduce the reliance of Torres and Gerrard. In my opinion the squad has been weekend by the departure of Xavi Alonso and with Aquilani still not match fit, we are unable to determine if he is a suitable replacement.
I do not believe Benitez is making the most of Yossi Benayoun, one of the few other impact players in the squad.
Liverpool have already lost more games this season than they did last season.
They are 9 points (or 3 wins) behind Chelsea at the top of the table and would be relying on some pretty major dips in form from the other teams currently above them.
I would say that Manchester United have still to hit top gear, Arsenal are capable of playing all of the other premiership teams off the pitch and Chelsea do not look like losing any time soon.
Champion’s league qualification is a must for Liverpool, realistically finishing in the top 4 should be their priority. The financial consequences for them would be very severe.