Halloween has come and gone in a blaze of gawking pumpkins and annoying children, meaning we are now officially in the Yuletide season.
As well as red cups and fairy lights in popular coffee chains, Christmas will bring with it a barrage of football in the UK, as the Premier League stubbornly resists any idea of a winter break.
For teams like Liverpool, struggling with their form, the deluge of fixtures is far from welcome, but taking inspiration from the festive season could rejuvenate the Reds’ fortunes.
Unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers’ troubled side, their next match is away at a Real Madrid team in red-hot form, and the Reds are a massive 19/2 to win the game.
To boost his team’s chances of success in the Bernabeu and indeed throughout the next couple of months, Rodgers should switch to the Christmas tree formation made famous by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
There are not many players hitting their straps at Anfield this season, but the pick of the bunch has undoubtedly been Raheem Sterling.
The youngster has recorded three goals and two assists in the Premier League so far this season, as well as averaging the most key passes per game in Rodgers’ squad with 2.5.
However, Sterling has been quiet in recent matches, largely because Rodgers has shifted him out to the flank, often to bring Philippe Coutinho into the side.
The Brazilian, who scored five and set up seven last season, has the potential to be as important to Liverpool as Sterling when on form, which is why Rodgers must try and get both of them into the centre of his attack.
Playing both in a Christmas tree behind Mario Balotelli or, when fit, Daniel Sturridge, would give the Reds a very fluid and pacy young attack.
In the first case, it would also solve the problem of Balotelli’s isolation, which has contributed to his poor form at the start of his Liverpool career, as Sterling can break past him.
This attack should be backed up by a midfield of Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Emre Can.
The German could provide the defensive base so Gerrard’s lack of mobility doesn’t leave the back four unprotected, while Henderson would have the freedom to roam forward and support the attack.
Clearly this side would need its full-backs to provide plenty of width, making it lucky Liverpool have Alberto Moreno and Glen Johnson available, as they are amongst the most attacking defenders in the league.