But the budding partnership of attacking linchpin Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers' latest recruit, Daniel Sturridge, was a big positive—one that could be decisive for the Reds going forward.
After Rodgers watched his side produce an insipid first-half display and fail to carve out any clear openings, a change in personnel was imperative. On came Sturridge in place of Lucas Leiva, and the men from Merseyside looked like a different proposition altogether.
Shortly after falling two behind, Liverpool pulled a goal back, as Steven Gerrard's stinging shot could only be parried by David De Gea into the path of the arriving Sturridge. Their new No. 15 had been presented with the easiest of chances, and he duly obliged, putting the ball past United's helpless custodian.
That was not all. Going into the last half-hour of the game, Liverpool were in the ascendancy, and Sturridge was undoubtedly the catalyst.
Luis Suarez has largely carried Liverpool on his shoulders this term, and boasts an enviable goalscoring record at present. But the fact of the matter is that he cannot do it all on his own. Not all the time, at least.
With Sturridge to give him company for the final 45 minutes against Man United, Suarez looked a whole lot better, with some crisp link-up play between the duo on display.
Going by the evidence put forward on Sunday, this partnership has the makings of an effective one, and the more time these two spend on the pitch together, the quicker they will forge an understanding.
Here are the reasons this partnership could be pivotal in determining Liverpool's fortunes this season.