Borussia Dortmund's disappointing 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg in their final home game of 2014 has piled the pressure on the shoulders of struggling manager Jurgen Klopp.
The German giants, who were league champions at this stage two years ago, have suffered a spectacular fall from grace and are currently 16th in the table, one point off bottom-placed Werder Bremen.
And with questions being asked over Klopp's future, should he wave goodbye to the Signal Induna Park or stay to try and turn their fortunes around?
Prior to Bayern Munich's stunning renaissance under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola, Dortmund had won two league titles in succession, and looked capable of dominating the Bundesliga for years to come.
Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandoski and Shinji Kagawa were all central to that success, but as was their togetherness and unity as a side that left the rest of the planet full of praise and admiration.
Even upon relinquishing their league crown in 2013 they reached the Champions League final, but after losing to Bayern on that occasion have been on a downward spiral ever since that may only end once their charismatic manager bids farewell.
Bayern's cherry-picking of Dortmund's best players have left them a shadow of the side that thrilled with their potent and attacking style of football.
Gotze and Lewandoski have both jumped ship to the Allianz arena, with Kagawa joining Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United prior to returning to the Bundesliga side earlier this year.
This term has been their worst in recent memory, having lost nine times from their first 16 league fixtures - more than any other team in the division.
In that time they have also clocked up just four victories, with their last coming back at the start of the month in a narrow win over high-flying Hoffenheim.
Klopp is a fantastic manager but Bayern's dominance coupled with their own plight has stirred talk over his future.
The club need him as their spearhead if they are to get out of this current mess, yet may be powerless to prevent him leaving if Liverpool sack Brendan Rodgers and come calling.
He has also been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but his loyalty and passion for Dortmund and its supporters should see him remain at the club until the end of the season.
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