When Liverpool plays host to Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday, they will be hoping to get back to winning in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the guests will play in their first game under new manager Roberto De Zerbi.
Even with a victory over Brighton this weekend, the Reds would still fall behind Brighton in the standings, demonstrating the campaign’s poor start for the title contenders.
Although their forthcoming encounter against Brighton will be their first domestic contest in four weeks due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the last international break, Liverpool has only won two of their six league games thus far.
However, the Reds did manage to win their most recent game, defeating Ajax 2-1 thanks to Joel Matip’s 89th-minute header in the Champions League. Those extra two points might be very important in enabling them to advance to the knockout stage after they were destroyed 4-1 by Napoli in their opening group encounter.
Almost four weeks have passed since Brighton’s last Premier League match, and Graham Potter’s final match in command of the club before moving to Chelsea was a resounding 5-2 victory over Leicester City.
It will be interesting to see how fast and drastically De Zerbi attempts to alter what had become a winning formula under Potter, who led his team to 13 points after its first six games of the season.
At Sassuolo in Serie A, the Italian gained notoriety by employing a more offensive style, although it remains to be seen if he will still be as bold in his new job.