For the scale of the task facing Roy Hodgson, you need only look back a few months to the miserable ending to Liverpool's Europa League campaign that followed their miserable Champions' League campaign.
Injuries will scupper hopes of securing Champions League spot, concedes manager
Liverpool manager says collapse of Rhône bid has shattered his optimism
Liverpool manager says his injured Italian midfielder 'cannot manage his pain'
According to reports today, Albert Riera looks to be heading towards the Liverpool exit doors.
Liverpool have agreed to sell outspoken winger Albert Riera to CSKA Moscow according to reports today.
Deep-running disaffection can be seen among even the most committed Liverpool players
Games between Manchester United and Liverpool are played for high stakes and there is plenty riding on today's confrontation at Old Trafford. What is different from usual – certainly from a year ago, when Rafa Benitez's team achieved their stunning 4-1 victory on enemy territory – is that the clubs have contrasting targets in mind.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has been ruled out for at least a month with a knee injury.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed Jose Reina as "one of the best goalkeepers in the world" after a singular piece of brilliance helped the side to a 2-0 victory in the 212th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Frank Lampard is the highest-profile English player to have sought an injury cure with the mysterious horse placenta healer of Belgrade but it emerged yesterday that the Chelsea midfielder walked out after an hour's treatment with Marijana Kovacevic
Glen Johnson's encounter with placenta specialist Marijana Kovacevic appears to have elicited some rapid results, with the right-back, whose defensive weaknesses are "not as bad as people think" according to his manager, Rafael Benitez, ready to start for Liverpool against Manchester City tomorrow lunchtime.
Liverpool pair Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera could be out for at least three weeks with hamstring injuries.
Manager claims misfiring side are 'playing better' as new injuries add to crisis
England defender Glen Johnson concedes Liverpool are in "awful" form as they confront the end of their Barclays Premier League title dreams.
Rafael Benitez has for the first time played down Liverpool's title dreams and asked for "realism" as the club fight to end a run of disastrous results.