Chelsea find themselves seven points behind Premier League leaders Man United after 14 games which, by Roman Abramovich's brutal standards, constitutes nothing short of a crisis.
The arrival of Rafael Benitez hasn't filled Blues fans with much optimism about reclaiming the Premier League title they last won in 2009/10, but history suggests there is more than enough time to turn things around, and here we elaborate with a few golden examples...
Bob Paisley's bid to reclaim the First Division title Liverpool lost to Aston Villa in 1980/81 began terribly, with defeat at Wolves and a disappointing draw against Middlesbrough at Anfield. The Reds mustered just five victories in their opening 14 league matches, which included a 2-1 defeat at home to bitter rivals, Man United.
They turned things around spectacularly, though, as a young Ian Rush forced his way into first team contention alongside Kenny Dalglish, with the deadly duo bagging 24 goals as a pair in Liverpool's remaining fixtures. Man United, meanwhile, nosedived out of contention following a period in March and April that yielded just one victory in six games.
Leeds 0-2 Liverpool
Everton 1-3 Liverpool
Man United 0-1 Liverpool
Under Kenny Dalglish's management for the first time, Liverpool's comeback in 1986 was even more impressive when, trailing a flying Man United by ten points after 14 fixtures, any hopes of snatching the league title back from local rivals Everton had seemingly been dashed by defeats to Newcastle and QPR.
The Red Devils were in fine early season form, by contrast, recording 12 victories and two draws. One of those draws, in United's 13th league outing, came against Liverpool, who responded by winning five in a row to kick start one of the greatest turnarounds in English top flight history.
Goals from Ian Rush were again vital, with the clinical frontman notching 22 strikes, including four in Liverpool's last seven fixtures - all victories that saw them concede only once and clinch the title by two points from neighbours Everton.
Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool 3-1 West Ham
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
In 2001/02, Man United finished ten points behind Arsenal in third and it didn't appear that things would improve much the following the season when Fergie's men could only win two of their opening six games.
With Van Nistelrooy struggling for goals at Old Trafford, Arsenal raced into a nine point advantage over the Red Devils thanks to seven victories and two draws, inspired by deadly strike duo Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord.
Fergie's fortunes turned dramatically in December, however, as United's remarkable unbeaten run saw them win 15 of the 18 remaining league fixtures. Van Nistelrooy bagged 17 goals in that period alone, ensuring Man United clinched the title by five points.
Man United 2-1 Chelsea
Man United 2-1 Leeds
Man United 4-0 Liverpool
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