Liverpool have endured a surprisingly poor run of two Barclays Premier League defeats on the trot ahead of their Carling Cup clash against Brighton & Hove Albion, with five goals conceded and none scored.
The Reds have been tipped by some to challenge for the Premier League title, but owner John W Henry has said that he would be satisfied if his investment is rewarded with UEFA Champions League football.
A cup run would help Liverpool blood some of their promising young players, with new signing Sebastian Coates expected to feature alongside youth products Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson in front of Brazil international goalkeeper Doni.
Brighton, managed by former Chelsea great Gus Poyet, have enjoyed a great start to the season and sit in third in the nPower Championship table.
However, despite each team’s form, Liverpool have to be expected to beat them.
Otherwise in the knee-jerk world of football, a couple of defeats in quick succession could become a disaster.