Liverpool returned to Champions League action tonight and headed into the fixture against FC Basel looking to rediscover the sort of form that had them down as title contenders last season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled during their last five matches, without a Premier League win in three and scraping past inferior opposition at Anfield in the Champions League and Capital One Cup.
Plenty are quick to draw comparisons between Liverpool of last season with Luis Suarez, and this campaign with Mario Balotelli leading the line.
The Italian international has had a mixed start to his Liverpool career, scoring one goal in his opening six appearances.
The injury to Daniel Sturridge has also hit the Reds hard and has led to reports that Brendan Rodgers will look to add another striker in January.
Summer signing Rickie Lambert and the returning Fabio Borini have also struggled to make any sort of impact, with neither having found the back of the net so far this season.
It is a situation Rodgers is looking to address and unsettled Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is said to be the number one target with the Reds reportedly preparing a £31 million bid.
But as we have come to learn, transfers are never straightforward with Liverpool.