Liverpool may require divine intervention if they are to return to the Premier League’s top four this season.
A dramatic leveller in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday will have helped to lift the mood at Anfield heading into Christmas, but the Reds remain nine points adrift of the Champions League places.
Brendan Rodgers finds himself under pressure as a result of the top-flight struggles, while early elimination from Europe’s premier club competition has done his cause few favours.
The strain has started to show on the former Reading and Swansea City boss, with the 2013/14 Manager of the Year suddenly seeing his position and coaching ability called into question.
He need not worry, though, with one of those in attendance against the Gunners showing that Rodgers has friends in very high places.
Rodgers will be hoping that he can avoid the need for outside assistance, with it up to him to bring about a reversal in fortune on Merseyside.
He has not become a bad boss overnight, with last season’s title challenge proving what he is capable of when given the right tools.
The biggest stick to poke him with at present is his success, or lack of it, in the transfer market, with it vital that any further moves in January help to shake the doubters from his back and silence the critics who believe a time for change may be fast approaching.