Liverpool will need to make history if they are to defend their Champions League trophy – by becoming the first ever side to win the competition after losing their opening group game.
The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday night, with two late goals undoing Jurgen Klopp’s side despite a solid performance.
There is a calm atmosphere around the Premier League leaders despite the defeat, with the defending champions still expected to comfortably qualify from Group E.
But history is not on their side.
They are now facing the task of doing something no side has ever done before them in order to lift the iconic cup for a second straight year after getting off to a losing start in the group stage.
Spurs fell 2-1 to Inter Milan in their first group game but pulled off a remarkable run to the final game where they were undone by the Reds.
Bayern Munich were stunned by Brondby in their 1998/99 Champions League group stage opener but went on to reach the final and lose to Manchester United in dramatic fashion.
Ajax beat AC Milan in their first group game in 1994/95 and, interestingly, the two teams met again in the final with the Dutch side again coming out on top.
The Reds can take some heart from two teams winning the old European Cup after losing their opening games, namely Real Madrid in 1966 and AC Milan in 1969.
The Spaniards were beaten by Feyenoord 2-1 but responded with a 5-0 win at the Bernabeu on their way to victory, whilst the Italian giants were edged out by Malmo only to win the home leg 4-1 and beat Ajax in the final.
But history is not on Liverpool’s side as they now look to achieve something which has never been done before en route to a second straight Champions League triumph.
The Reds are still considered amongst the favourites to win the competition with bookmakers despite their opening day defeat.