Liverpool near the crucial Christmas period in familiar territory as in past seasons. They are a long way off the pace set by the leader of the league and an assault on the title is again a pipe dream. The only target left is a place in European football, unfortunately it is the usual story.
Liverpool have made significant strides, as a club, squad and team, in the time since the new owners entered the fray and since Dalglish took over; one cannot say that this is not the case.
However, there is one thing that the Reds cannot shake off and that is the tag of inconsistency.
Liverpool have been dogged by this for many seasons and it seems to follow them around like an annoying fly. At times, it feels like this fly has finally buzzed off, only for it to come buzzing back.
Dalglish does have a squad that should be capable of ending up in the top six and even quite possibly the top four. But slip ups against teams that should be dispatched will not help the cause.
Here are five things that we have come to realise prior to, during and following this defeat at Fulham.