Liverpool Football Club had its own highs and lows this past week.
First up was the embarrassing news of Ian Ayre offering “an apology” to Sean Cummins for the way the club’s director of communications, Jen Chang, had harassed him.
But before that, an intense derby marked by incidents, controversies and diving celebrations rocked Goodison Park.
And then, followed a disappointing home loss to Swansea City in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, a competition in which Liverpool were the defending champs.
When Newcastle United arrive at L4 for Sunday's match, Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool board will have a few interesting problems in their minds to deal with.
Such as, what is to make of Joe Cole and the other deadweights still at the club?
Will Fenway Sports Group deem it fit to provide Rodgers with a bit of money to help replenish a weakened squad?
Answers to these questions will determine Liverpool’s chances at cracking the top four.
Presently, they aren’t close to cracking anything at all, despite the manager’s efforts at trying to sell the contrary to the supporters.