It's fair to say that Inter Milan have fallen some way since winning the Champions League under Jose Mourinho.
Inter finished fifth in Serie A last season, a whopping 42 points behind title winners Juventus, whilst manager Walter Mazzarri remains under pressure with the San Siro side sitting in ninth place.
Just 16 points from the first 11 games mean that Inter appear to be out of the title race already, and Mazzarri could well be sacked shortly if rumours in Italy are to be believed.
The likes of Mauro Icardi and Fredy Guarin have already been linked with moves away from the club in January, and their attempts to keep their key players may have taken another blow.
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic joined the club from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013 for £11.75m, beating off competition from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United for his signature.
Still only 20, the Austrian-born Croatian international has five goals and eight assists in 68 games for Inter, and has earned a reputation for being a skillful, technically gifted playmaker who can play in a number of different roles.
Yet rumours continue to link Kovacic with a move away from the San Siro after Mazzarri brought in a raft of central midfielders in the summer, with Liverpool believed to be monitoring his situation in Italy.
Now, his international team mate Darijo Srna has told Kovacic that he needs to leave Inter in order to fulfil his potential,
"Mateo is one of the best young players in Serie A, but, if he wants to progress, he must go to another club. Inter are far from their glory days," he said.
If Kovacic takes Srna's advice, then Liverpool could be in line to snap up another bargain from Inter having snatched Philippe Coutinho from the Italian giants around the same time that Inter signed Kovacic.
Brendan Rodgers' men have struggled this season, and Kovacic would certainly be an upgrade on the likes of Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen in midfield.