A 3-1 win for West Ham on Saturday leaves Liverpool's early hopes of building on last season's title challenge in doubt, with Sam Allardyce's side fully deserving of what was just their second victory this term.
The Hammers move into the top half of the table and above their Merseyside foes as a result of Saturday's victory, and Brendan Rodgers spoke of his side falling short of expectations, per the official Premier League Twitter account:
It's been a mixed start to the 2014-15 campaign for the Reds, with their record now standing at two wins and three losses.
Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC quoted the Merseysiders' boss in emphasising the notion that his team are producing less than they ought to, but he also found time to praise his West Ham counterpart:
One might be tempted to suggest the home team were fortunate to earn their result, but the truth is West Ham looked secure in guarding their 2-1 lead before Morgan Amalfitano struck a third late on.
And Allardyce was unsurprisingly in a jovial mood after seeing his side take the three points:
It's inevitable that questions be asked of Liverpool and whether or not they're currently showing the mark of a team capable of challenging as they did last term.
Rodgers was eager to remain ambiguous at this early stage of the campaign when quizzed on the matter, pushing the idea that "anything's possible," while also giving his team some cushion to fall back on:
It took the Upton Park hosts less than two minutes to get on the scoresheet through a Winston Reid flick, and Allardyce assured it was always the plan to pounce on Liverpool quickly:
For the east Londoners, this win showed things can indeed improve after last season's 13th-place finish, with several of their big summer acquisitions, including Alex Song, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, all fitting in well.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are still re-integrating their squad after a busy transfer window, it would appear, and Rodgers will look back to the drawing board after picking up successive Premier League defeats.