The backlash Liverpool football club have been subjected to following their 3-0 loss to Real Madrid at Anfield in the Champions League earlier this week is simply an "overreaction", according to former Reds striker Stan Collymore.
However, there are a number of problem areas from front to back that the 43-year-old pundit has addressed in his column for Bleacher Report.
"There's been an overreaction to Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid, with plenty of people saying it demonstrates the gulf in class between La Liga and the Premier League," Collymore said, perhaps a reference to a Tweet sent by Gary Lineker, recently. "That's nonsense.
"Liverpool are in poor form."
Brendan Rodgers must develop the defence, which is currently too porous. The Ulsterman must also find a replacement for Steven Gerrard, who is becoming less effective as he advances in age, while Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are still a while away from reaching their full potential.
"Their defence is shaky," continued Collymore. "Gerrard is an aging midfielder and the likes of Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson remain works in progress.
"As for Mario Balotelli, he was just a bad signing for Liverpool," stressed Collymore, who believes the Italian will soon be responsible for fracturing the dressing room. "Soon enough senior players in the dressing room will start blaming Balotelli for what's going wrong this season.
"The point is that Madrid are European champions, while Liverpool aren't the best side in England and are just now returning to the biggest stage.
"Don't make this about La Liga versus the Premier League."