Thus far, fortune has not been on the side of Brendan Rodgers.
To recap, Liverpool sold more first-team players than it bought this offseason. And as of this week, the Northern Irishman will have to do without the services of Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger and perhaps Fabio Borini for some time.
Yet, despite all these negatives, he is manager at Anfield. As a result, expectations are high regardless.
Thus, this week's Capital One Cup match is more important than it may appear at first glance. There are a number of players whom Rodgers now needs to evolve far more quickly than he might have liked.
This match should be a great opportunity for some Reds to find form.