If you're a Liverpool fan, you're probably pretty angry right now. You've won one game since September (albeit a pretty important one, against Manchester United), qualification to the knockout stage of the Champions League seems extremely improbable right now and you're sixth in the English Premier League, after finishing second last year.
Your captain and best player (
Your big summer signing at right back (
But there's more. Your other big summer signing (
One of your central defenders (
You do have a superstar anchoring the midfield (
On the right, you have a striker (
Those are just the players. You have a manager (
You have two owners -- one small (
That's the bad news. But guess what? There is no need to throw the baby out with the bath water. Yes, you will probably get knocked out of the Champions League. And that will be a big financial hit. But you can make some of that back in the Europa League. And, in fact, getting another trophy under your belt would be a boost to both the club and the manager.
Sixth place in the Premier League isn't good, but you're one spot away from fourth. And you've already played Tottenham and Chelsea away. You can make up the ground. Heck, Arsenal, in third isn't that far away either (four points, although it has played one fewer game).
Johnson and Insúa are only going to get better. Agger might actually stay fit this year. If Mascherano wants to move, he'll need to turn in a top-drawer season. Torres, even with the pain-killing injections, was showing the kind of form that suggests he's the best center forward in the world. (Or, at least, the best European center forward). Aquilani may not be a Xabi Alonso clone, but he's a gifted, creative passer from midfield and the simple fact of the matter is, you don't have one, apart form Gerrard.
Oh, yeah, Gerrard. That guy's superhuman. He'll be back soon. He has carried you on his back before, he can do it again.
Liverpool's down. But it is most definitely not out. Not yet.