Liverpool could not ask for a worse time to face Brighton than this weekend, with Roberto De Zerbi’s side in ruthless goalscoring form of late.
It was a common belief under Graham Potter that once things clicked, they would become a force, with the underlying stats backing that up.
The expected goals were there, but the actual goals were not.
Potter left for Chelsea at the start of September, and now finds himself under increasing pressure as he struggles to coax form out of a bloated and confused squad.
Meanwhile, his replacement at the AMEX, former Benevento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar manager De Zerbi, has successfully got a tune out of a hugely talented group.
And with Liverpool in something of a crisis as they prepare for their trip to Sussex, the frightening reality is that, in their last nine games, the Seagulls have scored 25 goals.
Only once in that stretch have they failed to score, that being a 0-0 draw with Charlton in the Carabao Cup which ended in a 4-3 penalty loss.
This comes after a run of just four goals scored in their first five fixtures under the Italian, three of which came in his first game in charge – the 3-3 draw at Anfield.
In total, 10 different players have found the back of the net in De Zerbi’s 14 games in charge.
Four players have all contributed to six goals each, those being Leandro Trossard (five goals, one assist), Pascal Gross (four goals, two assists), Kaoru Mitoma (four goals, two assists) and Solly March (two goals, four assists).
On Saturday, Alexis Mac Allister came off the bench for his second appearance since winning the World Cup and netted twice in 45 minutes.
Only four clubs – Man City (45), Arsenal (40), Tottenham (37) and Liverpool (34) – have scored more goals in the Premier League than Brighton (32) this season, inclusive of Potter’s six games in charge.
Liverpool have scored 17 and conceded 12 in their last nine games in all competitions.