Everton occupy a top-half standing in the Premier League table, but Roberto Martinez will likely be wondering what might have been.
Five points separate the Toffees from the top four at present, but could that gap have been bridged had they not shot themselves in the foot on so many occasions?
Martinez’s men hold the unwanted record of making more costly errors than any other top-flight side this season, with the latest coming in Sunday’s 2-1 reversal at Tottenham Hotspur.
Everton have the worst defensive record inside the top 10, having been breached on 21 occasions in 13 fixtures, with only Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers springing more defensive leaks in the entire division.
The biggest concern for the men from Merseyside will be that their struggles have been of their own making, with there only so long you can keep making mistakes before dreams of Champions League qualification are inevitably dashed.
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Looking at the Opta statistics above, Brendan Rodgers and Gus Poyet will also be slightly concerned at how easily Liverpool and Sunderland have been breached at times.
The Black Cats will hope that they have addressed their issues, with a horrendous wobble in October seeing them present opponents with gift-wrapped goals aplenty as they conceded 11 times in three games.
It is clear that Rodgers still has work to do if he is to turn fortunes around at Anfield, with Liverpool yet to settle on a watertight back four, and he could do worse than take a stroll across Stanley Park and have a meeting of minds with Martinez in an effort to get to the bottom of a problem which is threatening to undermine all of the hard work being put in by two old adversaries.