Such is the issue facing Brendan Rodgers after the Liverpool boss felt it necessary to concede his side’s hopes of Champions League qualification are now effectively over.
After a chastening defeat to Manchester United came Saturday’s embarrassment at the Emirates.
There’s an old adage that only when people are put under the most intense stress and pressure do they reveal their true selves.
Some thrive, some wither, some remain unchanged.
For Rodgers, the discovery this season has been too few of his squad presently fit into the first category, too many seemingly struggled to cope at the crucial moment.