When Liverpool beat the odds to finish in second place last season, manager Brendan Rodgers was named the LMA Manager of the Year having guided the Reds to within three points of winning the Premier League title.
Yet with top goalscorer Luis Suarez moving to Barcelona for around £70m this summer, Liverpool have had 31 goals taken out of their side - and along with the absence of 21-goal Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool's attack has struggled this season.
Despite splashing out £100m on the likes of Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, the Reds have mustered only four wins and 13 goals in the Premier League, with Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United piling the pressure on manager Rodgers.
His damning failures in the transfer market have been highlighted by Liverpool fans already, and tonight's bizarre weakened line-up against Real Madrid has aggravated even more supporters, even though the Reds did limit the usually free-scoring Spaniards to just the one goal in their Champions League tie.
Rodgers needs results and fast - particularly with bookmakers pouncing on the troubles at Anfield by making ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez the 6/1 favourite to be the next Liverpool manager.
Spaniard Benitez won 56% of his games during his six year spell on Merseyside, winning the FA Cup and the Champions League whilst making himself a hero with the Liverpool faithful before his exit in 2010, moving on to Inter Milan, Chelsea and now Napoli.
Yet with his contract at Napoli set to expire in the summer, rumours have already started that the Serie A side will replace Benitez in 2015 after a shaky start to the season themselves - with some Liverpool fans speculating whether he could be in line for a shock return to the club.
In 2013, Benitez admitted that he believes he will make a return to Anfield as manager, even though he was being employed by Chelsea at the time.
"I will return, almost certainly," Benitez told Marca. "What I do not know is when. My daughters and wife still live there."
With that in mind, who would Liverpool fans prefer in charge of their club - Rodgers or Benitez? Vote below!