Liverpool were on the end of a sobering defeat at the hands of Leicester City.
Good set-up alone isn't going to get Liverpool very far:
Liverpool were in that game for long periods. In terms of their set-up, they were fine and only silly individual errors which should be eradicated at a footballing level by the age of eight provided Leicester City with chances, up until that Vardy goal, of course.
The game plan was ok, the execution very poor, and it leaves a familiar feeling for all those associated with the Reds right now.
The manner of the side's response to the opening goal is worrying:
There have been times when there have been pretty good responses to conceding a goal from Liverpool this season, but after Vardy had given the league leaders the lead, Liverpool looked spent. It was worrying to see how much their heads dropped, as if they accepted that they can't score goals themselves so may as well give up.
Much of the side, Roberto Firmino in particular, need pace surrounding them:
One thing Firmino has is decent movement, but there is a lack of quickness to stretch the play in order for him to capitalise on that movement. His performance wasn't great but you can't help but feel he is a player that relies a lot on what goes on around him. If he has more space to occupy, then he becomes a more dangerous player.
Even when Simon Mignolet has a better game, it's still not enough:
First of all, criticising him for Vardy's opening goal would've been like criticising Gianluigi Buffon for Luis Garcia's effort in 2005 - yeah, I didn't hear many laying into the goalkeeper in that situation.
As much as Mignolet has been questionable this season, last night was one of his better nights. He may have had a hairy moment dealing with one throw-in but there was a bit more decision, and he bailed out those in front of him in the first half when they had made some horrific defensive errors.
A shake up of the starting XI is needed:
A trio of Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge returning to training cannot come quickly enough for the Reds, it seems. The starting XI needs some fresh blood as it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify places in the starting XI for the likes of Alberto Moreno and Emre Can, while Adam Lallana and James Milner need to be operating from deeper roles within the side to get anything like their best performance out of them.