Jurgen Klopp is expected to take over from the sacked Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool by the end of the week and with the Reds way off the Premier League's elite, the German will have his work cut out for him if he does decide to take the job.
Rodgers almost won the Premier League in 2013-14 but struggled last season when he was dumped out of the Champions League at the group stages before finishing sixth.
The Northern Irishman failed to win a trophy in any of his three full seasons and Kenny Dalglish's League Cup win in is one of just two pieces of silverware the club have won in the past 10 seasons.
Klopp will have plenty to do if he is to get the Reds back to English football's top table.
We have a look at his most pressing issues:
Sort out the transfer committee
Klopp worked under in a similar system at Dortmund, but his was a three-man team rather than the bloated six-man group that Rodgers had to work with. A term of Klopp accepting the job is that he get final say on players - something it appears that Rodgers never enjoyed during his time, with the likes of Mario Balotelli reportedly brought in without his approval. We all know how that worked out.
The German will be happy to work in this system but he has to be the man to identify players he wants, rather than being given starry names or talented prospects that he has little or no faith in.
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
1/22 Everton: Tim Howard 6 out of 10
Made a couple of impressive saves but his distribution was anything but assured.
2/22 Tyias Browning: 6 out of 10
A composed performance from the youngster. A reliable deputy to Coleman, but could soon challenge for a starting spot.
3/22 Phil Jagielka: 7 out of 10
The veteran produced a number of superb challenges at key moments. Remains an excellent reader of the game, even if he lacks pace.
4/22 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 out of 10
Performed well for a player who has not had the luxury of much Premier League football. Worked well in tandem with Jagielka.
5/22 Brendan Galloway: 6 out of 10
Technically sound and methodical in his approach; the teenager looks to be a real prospect.
6/22 James McCarthy: 6 out of 10
Calm and composed presence in the centre of the park. Did his defensive work dutifully but also pressed forward when chances arose.
7/22 Gareth Barry: 6 out of 10
His crippling lack of pace would suggest a game such as this would pass him by, but his ability to read the game ensured he was not exposed.
8/22 Gerard Deulofeu: 5 out of 10
Struggled to make any kind of impact on the game. Very quiet but did produce the cross that led to Lukaku's equaliser.
9/22 Ross Barkley: 7 out of 10
Lost Ings for Liverpool's first goal, but played a key role in Everton's attack. His direct runs caused Liverpool plenty of problems, as did his delivery form wide areas.
10/22 Steven Naismith: 5 out of 10
Could not provide the cutting edge that he did against Chelsea, but ran and ran for the team.
11/22 Romelu Lukaku: 7 out of 10
Provided a much needed out ball up top and took his goal extremely well. Dominated in the air and linked up play with those around him.
12/22 Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6 out of 10
The Belgian produced two superb saves in the first half but, ultimately, was let down by those in front of him.
13/22 Emre Can: 5 out of 10
The hot headed German got involved with Barkley unnecessarily and still does not look at home as part of a back three. At fault for Everton's goal.
14/22 Martin Skrtel: 5 out of 10
Relished the physical battle with Lukaku but did not have the appearance of a man in control. Composure can give way to panic.
15/22 Mamadou Sakho: 5 out of 10
Struggled when put under pressure by Everton. The Frenchman is far from composed in possession but needs to be within a back three.
16/22 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 out of 10
The full back pressed forward regularly but his final ball into the penalty area was below par.
17/22 James Milner: 6 out of 10
The engine room of Liverpool's midfield. Milner was all over the park and provided the assist for the opening goal. Reliable if not remarkable.
18/22 Lucas Leiva: 5 out of 10
Fortunate not to receive a second yellow card in the closing stages before he was given the hook. Did not make his presence felt.
19/22 Alberto Moreno: 4 out of 10
Failed to press Deulofeu for Everton's equaliser. The Spaniard's decision making is poor and he is simply not suited to the system that Liverpool played.
20/22 Philippe Coutinho: 6 out of 10
Did not sparkle like the world knows he can, but could not be accused of a lack of effort. Liverpool need him to step up on such occasions given his importance to the side.
21/22 Danny Ings: 7
The Englishman took his goal extremely well, which capped off his impressive individual week. Pressed Everton's back four constantly.
22/22 Daniel Sturridge: 6 out of 10
Showed plenty of endeavour, but rarely had a clear sight of goal. Starved of possession and struggled to grab a foothold in the game.
Settle on a team
A criticism that was levelled at Rodgers time and again was that he never knew how, or with whom, he wanted to play. He fluctuated between systems, 4-3-3/4-2-3-1/3-4-3/3-5-2, have all been used at times in the last year as he tried to find a solution to various, glaring errors. Klopp will inherit a squad without a proper left-back, with unreliable centre-backs and with a group of forwards whose games don't really seem to complement each other.
At Dortmund his high-pressing, hard-working, 4-2-3-1 was known (and then copied) across Europe. The Liverpool squad wouldn't appear to have the quick wingers needed for that system, bar teenager Jordon Ibe, and he will run into problems down the road at certain positions with that formation - Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho both want to play in the space behind the main striker, a position that Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge are battling for.
Does he elect to ditch his tried and trusted method and play two up front to get both Benteke and Sturridge in the team? That will be one of many tactical choices he'll need to make quickly.
Get the most out of expensive flops
Let's be honest, Brendan Rodgers would still be the manager if players such as Dejan Lovren (£20m), Mamadou Sakho (£18m) and Adam Lallana (£25m), among others, had played at a level that their price-tag suggested. Klopp will have to make do with what he has, at least until January, and getting those players fit and in the kind of form that convinced the Reds to pay that much is his first port of call on the training ground.
Keep your stars
Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling. Not a summer has gone by in recent years where Liverpool - some being Rodgers' fault, others not - haven't lost one of their biggest and most influential players. Philippe Coutinho is already being linked with a move to both Barcelona and Real Madrid and in Rodgers' three years 30 players arrived and 35 first-team players left. Having a squad in such a constant state of flux is harmful. Players take time to form chemistry and adjust to a new city, team-mates or country.
Klopp needs to keep his core and improve on it.
Convince top players to sign
Like the list of names above, there is a list of players who Liverpool were long linked with but then chose other destinations, for one reason or another. Some had a preference to live in London (Alexis Sanchez), wanting higher wages (Gylfi Sigurdsson), wanting Champions League football (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), refusing to pay the asking price (Willian), or failing his medical (Loic Remy). Not all of those would have been hits at Anfield, others would have been most welcome, but it remains a theme that Liverpool consistently miss out on transfer targets.
Win a trophy
Including Rafa Benitez's final season in 2009-10, where they finished seventh, Liverpool have won just one trophy, got to just one other final and finished in the top four in that one now increasingly anomalous season in 2013-14. Brendan Rodgers' three seasons brought seventh, second and sixth placed finishes and no appearances in any finals.
A League Cup win doesn't really solve problems but it certainly helps to buy time and support from the fans.
Keep the talking heads onside
An army of ex-Liverpool players appear in various media outlets and Rodgers was forever defending his decisions based on criticism from those former stars.
They have a large influence on the life of a manager at Anfield, and the perception and Klopp would do well to keep them happy.Reuse content