Ciro Immobile must use his goal against Wolfsburg to kick on and fire Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga safety.
The Italian's shot from 20 yards had looked to have given Jurgen Klopp's side a fifth victory of the season, but Ronaldo Naldo scored late to ensure they remain in the bottom three of the table.
Yet after scoring just a third league goal of the season, Immobile must now use that as a springboard to rediscover the form that prompted Klopp to part with £15.5million for his services.
The 24-year-old was signed from Torino in the summer having won the Golden Boot in Serie A, but has struggled to adjust to life at the Signal Induna Park and failed to fill the void left by Robert Lewandoski's departure to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.
His best form has come in the Champions League, where he scored four goals in as many games to ensure they top the group ahead of Arsenal and set up a crunch tie with Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus in the round of 16.
That said the team as a whole have struggled this term, having currently lost nine times in 16 games - more than any other side in the division.
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After nearly firing his side to victory, the ex-Torino man must use the winter break to plot how best to propel the German giants back to the big time.
Lewandowski was a marvellous player during his time at the club - a real blockbuster player who was worthy of leading the line - but his departure to Bayern piled the pressure on Immobile from day one.
He is often compared to the Polish forward but, in reality, they are two hugely different players. Whereas Lewandowski possessed power and potency, Immobile boasts tenacity and a work-rate that makes him more of a team-player than the player in which he replaced.
With Marco Reus currently sidelined with injury, the task of scoring goals falls firmly on the shoulders of Immobile who must now step up and deliver.
Klopp's own time at the club may hinge on how his summer signing fares in the second half of the season, and he will be hoping Lewandowski's replacement proves just as successful as the Polish striker himself.