Liverpool face Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points surrounding the game.
This time 12 months ago Liverpool were brilliant up front, smashing goals past all-comers with relative ease.
It is not so much the brakes have been put on so much as the radar is offline.
They do not have a fully-functioning out-and-out striker like their north-west rivals but the fluidity of their forward line was meant to compensate for that.
Without Sadio Mane, out for six weeks with a hamstring injury, their impact has been lessened and while Mohamed Salah is their leading scorer he showed against Manchester United at the weekend he is not the clinical finisher the Reds require.
Waiting for Champions League Breakthrough
Liverpool’s last away win in the Champions League came against Debrecen in November 2009.
In mitigation, this is only their second appearance in eight years in the competition but they have had chances to break that run—not least against Spartak Moscow last time out when they dominated but left with a draw.
Two points from their opening two matches is not what Klopp would have expected, especially after conceding a winning position late on at home to Sevilla in their opening game.
Can Karius Convince?
The German has been designated Champions League goalkeeper by Klopp but his performances so far have done little to vindicate the manager’s faith.
He was criticised for not reacting quickly enough to the free-kick which allowed Spartak to take an early lead in Moscow last time out which put his side under pressure.
Due to Klopp’s rotation policy Karius has not played since then but needs to put in a dominant, confident display in order to prevent more questions about his suitability for such high-profile games.