Liverpool and Manchester United have both undergone four game runs without a win this season, and yet the mood around the clubs could not be more different.
Contrary to what Jose Mourinho might have to say, that does not mean there is an agenda against the Old Trafford club. Nor is it indicative of Jurgen Klopp having cheerleaders where Mourinho has critics.
It has everything to do with the cultures both men have created at their clubs; as well as the differing levels of difficulty provided by their respective opponents.
As Liverpool got their season off to a flier, a horrendously tough run of fixtures loomed like a dark cloud on the horizon.
Napoli, Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG; the big names hung over Liverpool’s optimism but the international break signals the end of that tough run of games.
For Liverpool to be joint-top of the Premier League; and still in a strong Champions League position shows they have navigated that early sticky period expertly.
Their defence has largely stood up to the challenge and their forward momentum has not been largely dented. It may be a winless run but it feels better than the average one and rightly so. Liverpool have not been sussed out yet.