Meet the new boss; same as the old boss ..? All will be revealed when Birmingham City take on Liverpool at St Andrew’s on Sunday.
It was one of those strange quirks that former Reds manager Rafa Benitez never once tasted victory against Blues in the Premier League.
In a similar way that Blues always seem capable of getting under Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s skin, the methodical moaner Benitez never could suss it out.
Of course, you have to put to one side the 7-0 FA Cup humiliation in the quarter-finals at St Andrew’s, and a Carling Cup loss. We’re talking league, here, over a six-year period.
Benitez has gone, to practice his uninspiring brand of pragmatism at Inter Milan, so enter Roy Hodgson.
Can he change Liverpool’s fortunes against Blues? At Fulham, Hodgson tended to have the better of things.
The 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage, that effectively relegated Blues in 2008, springs instantly to mind.
And he will set his side up with half-an- eye on what Blues do well, and who makes them tick.
Even if he is at a much bigger and better club where success, and proactive football, is expected.
He plonked Zoltan Zera on Barry Ferguson last time to nullify Blues metronomic midfielder.
And he probably won’t haul Fernando Torres off, like Benitez did when Liverpool last visited.
In fairness to Benitez, Torres was malfunctioning and David Ngog did liven their attack up significantly.
Another interesting sub-plot to the televised clash is whether Blues can maintain their extraordinary home record.
It is 16 league games without defeat and counting (18 in all competitions) at St Andrew’s.
Get just a draw and they will be one undefeated outing from equalling a club record.
Blues also have the opportunity to blood their transfer deadline day signings Aleksandr Hleb, Jean Beausejour and Martin Jiranek.
Hleb revealed that he rejected a loan move to Liverpool from Barcelona because Blues showed him more love.
He said: “There were many offers: Liverpool, Tottenham, Benfica. But it was necessary to carefully consider all the options. With some we were unable to agree terms.
“Birmingham City apparently wanted me more than anyone else, so they were my preference.
‘‘Birmingham are a stable club and the manager, Alex McLeish, is a good professional.”