Liverpool's England striker Peter Crouch has accepted that the club's bid for the Premier League title this season is already at an end.
The Reds have not secured a league crown since the 1989-90 campaign and a 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa on Monday evening left Crouch's side 14 points adrift of Manchester United and Arsenal.
"With the squad we have at Liverpool, the gap to the top three is certainly too far," Crouch admitted.
"We felt before the season we would mount a serious challenge, but that doesn't appear to be the case now.
"We've fallen a long way behind and it's not good enough. There's enough talent in the dressing room, we've got a good set of players here.
"Whether it's good enough to win the title, I don't know, but we certainly should be doing better than the position we are in right now."