A lot can be revealed about a manager when he is under pressure.
Knee-jerk sackings should never be the answer in football - but sometimes a sacking is the best thing that can happen to a club.
In the case of David Moyes at Manchester United, for instance, it was never going to work out. The Scot kept blaming luck and making excuses for his shortcomings. He was in denial.
Whether Brendan Rodgers deserves the same fate at Liverpool after his superb Premier League season at Anfield last term is another matter. Unfortunately, though, the Northern Irishman is falling into a Moyesesque shell. He is providing no answers and that could be a sign of things to come in terms of more poor results and performances.
Reds supporters will hope that is not the case, of course, and the ideal solution will be a reversal in fortunes, with Rodgers being given time.
But two things should worry all Liverpool fans from his latest press conference. Firstly, the 41-year-old defended his side's 'spirit' and said their 'character' cannot be questioned. Rodgers, however, explained that 'last season' was an example of why this is.
How does that make sense? This term, Liverpool have a completely different team. And this team has shown no spirit, character or desire whatsoever. The talent is there - but not the application or effort.
Secondly, Rodgers has been quoted as saying the Reds will not sign anyone in January. If that is the case, it is as though the Northern Irishman is deliberately setting himself an impossible task and admitting the season is already over.
So, while Liverpool need a change in performances, Rodgers also needs a change in tone. He does not sound like a manager who knows the gravity of the situation he is in. Less denial and more responsibility will see him perform better. That realisation needs to come before it is too late.