It’s a cliché I know, but it is true that they say—some things never change. If we are referring to football then we’re stating the obvious, of course certain things never change; a win will always gain three points while a draw will provide a point gained or two points dropped.
Yet if there’s one thing you would not associate with never changing is a team’s performance. Sooner or later, a team’s luck must change and a tide will turn on performances for the better.
Of course, the longer it lingers on the more questionable it becomes.
Two months into the new season, under new management and even a new sponsor, Liverpool fans patiently wait for a spark to kick start their season following a disappointing seventh place finish; in turn missing out on the Champions League and being forced to settle for the Europa League.
However, since the appointment of Roy Hodgson, Liverpool remain the predictable, static and frustrating side that were unable to clinch fourth spot last season. A new manager, along with new signings, but the same old performances.
Being a Liverpool fan in the recent few years has not been easy. From the euphoria of winning the Champions League and being touching distance of winning the illusive Premier League title to capitulate down the table and end up in Europe’s second rate competition.
This season's performances in the Premier League have done anything but inspire the Anfield faithful. As a team, as a club, as a business; Liverpool fans are none the wiser as to which direction they are going.
Every game we hear the management maintaining faith in the players at their disposal, and vice versa; the players who cross the white line believe in the management's tactics, ideas and ultimate vision for the club.
Seven games into the season, Liverpool are a mere shadow of a side that have aspirations of chasing a top four finish. As it stands, Liverpool are in a relegation fight. Languishing in 18th position after seven games is unheard of on the red half of Merseyside, but such is reality.
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, it may be hard to hear, read and possibly even admit but they may no longer be a “big club.” Lacklustre performances have made every Liverpool match a betting shop's delight.
To say Liverpool this season, and most of last, are inconsistent is false; rather they are consistently poor for far too long.
The Anfield club are no longer feared, and this was no more apparent as Liverpool lost at home to newly promoted Blackpool. Say what you want about Blackpool's bravery, guile and endeavour but this was sheer embarrassment on Liverpool's part.
Given the two side's contrasting start to the season against their own expectation, this result may have been a shock but not necessarily a surprise. A quick glance at the table doesn't make good reading for Liverpool fans, yet it displays the gulf in quality between themselves and the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and City.
Furthermore, it reinforces how far Liverpool have to go if they are to even think about contending for fourth spot honours any time soon.
When a new manager enters a club, an immediate change occurs, for the first few games at least. Playing under a new manager, with new ideas, is supposed to inspire, motivate and galvanise a team, yet this is not apparent at Liverpool.
We are told that the Anfield club are going through a “transitional period” and that fans should be patient. Nevertheless, even the most loyal fan’s patience will wear thin over time. Players and manager alike have consistently reiterated the fact that improvement is being made; albeit slowly and steadily.
Premature, of course, to suggest whether the appointment of Hodgson was correct, but hindsight does make you ponder how things may have been under Kenny Dalglish. Pessimistic perhaps, but poor results and mediocre performances does make the mind wonder.
If Liverpool fans are willing to be patient and take on board the transition their club is going through, they can cast their minds back five years ago and they can take heart in Rafael Benitez's inaugural season.
Domestically, Liverpool were poor, finishing 37 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea, yet they were triumphant in Europe.
If Roy Hodgson can repeat a similar feat in the shape of the Europa League, it may go some way to answer the questioning Liverpool faithful. Some things never change.