Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol's takeaway from Liverpool's win over Wolves on Saturday is that they will not win the Premier League title this season.
However the Scotsman remains confident that the Reds are 'big favourites' to qualify for the Champions League.
Away at Molineux the team endured a difficult first period after falling behind in the seventh minute. The deficit could very well have been more than one goal though Wolves struggled to consolidate their advantage.
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This allowed Jurgen Klopp to make alterations, leading to goals from Cody Gakpo and Andy Robertson that turned the tide, all before a Hugo Bueno own goal in injury time.
Assessing the match for ESPN FC, Nicol - who made 468 appearances during a 12-year career at Anfield in heavily successful Liverpool teams of the eighties and nineties - warned his former club that they can ill afford to begin matches so poorly in future.
He stated: "I've got to say, at the end of the game I was thinking about this - the first half is what tells me the reason Liverpool won't win the title this year.
"But the second half is why I think they are big favourites to be in the top four. That kind of sums up Liverpool, for me.
"You can't keep turning up away from home and performing the way they did because better teams will be too far ahead of you [to mount a fightback]. They're lucky that Wolves couldn't take their chances."
This belief is in direct contention with Nicol's former team-mate and manager Graeme Souness, who believes the squad have what it takes to win the PremierRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk