If he wasn't so good at finding the right words himself, Jurgen Klopp might consider using a Bill Shankly quote to summarise the state of play at Liverpool.
It is almost 50 years since, responding to one journalist's suggestion that his side were struggling, the Scot uttered the immortal line: "Ay, here we are with problems at the top of the league."
But it is a sentiment that could justifiably be applied to the modern-day Reds, albeit with the caveat of goal difference applied.
That is largely because the football public's confidence in Liverpool appears to have all but evaporated during what has been a tricky period for both manager and players.
In fairness, it is perhaps no wonder that pundits and opposition fans alike have recently come to believe that things might not go the Reds' way this season.
Klopp's team currently top the Premier League injury charts with nine players out of action - a figure added to by a particularly poorly timed Alisson Becker hamstring issue on Tuesday.
They also seem to be consistently finding themselves on the wrong end of VAR calls this term, whether that be ludicrously marginal offsides or simply poor uses of the technology.
Yet, despite all that, they sit joint top of the Premier League having already won their Champions League group for good measure.
Gary Neville had it right when, speaking on this week's Monday Night Football, he suggested that Liverpool would "walk" this league were it not for their ongoing injury issues.
The problem for the Manchester United legend - and indeed the teams who believe setbacks at Anfield could hand them a title shot - is that Klopp has kept his side on track regardless.
And, if things start looking up as might be reasonably expected, the champions are handily placed to live up to Neville's billing.
On the injury front, Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold are expected to be back in contention this week after struggling with muscular problems.
It is also hoped that James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be available to Klopp before too long.
Not only will their return boost the manager's options, it should also allow for a degree of rotation that will protect other players from suffering further injuries.
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It is with that in mind that Liverpool are currently considering their options at centre-back ahead of the January transfer window opening.
And, given the champions' recent transfer track record, it is hard to imagine any mid-season signing doing anything other than making them stronger ahead of the second half of the campaign.
If any such moves is to be combined with slightly improved fortune on the injury front from January onward, then Liverpool's Premier League rivals should be seriously worried about what is to come.