Liverpool are on a long and winding road as they bid to work themselves back to the top end of the Premier League. Manager Brendan Rodgers knows he still has an awful lot to do to achieve it, despite a recent upturn in results.
The Reds have won seven of their past nine games, and have added Daniel Sturridge to their squad in January, as well as offloading Joe Cole. But the playing staff is still some way short of the quality it needs to compete in the top four of the league.
Over the next 18 to 24 months the Reds will have a number of challenges to face if they want to be competitive at that level once more, not all of which will be easily overcome.
The work and the challenges continue with three huge fixtures over the next months. In the grand scheme of things, those three results in isolation, whether positive or negative, will be far from the biggest factors in deciding how long the Reds take to reach the top again.
Here are five things Liverpool need to finally reach the top end of the table again.