The Reds came out short on confidence, resolve and class. They showed an amount of deference unbecoming of such an illustrious club.
When you build a side around the 4-3-3 philosophy, things are not supposed to be this way. Passing is the name of the game, as is possession.
The three midfielders must control proceedings. For a great example, look at the job Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta do on a regular basis at the Camp Nou. Sadly, the work put in by Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick this week is also evidence of a controlling midfield presence.
With all the talk of the dearth of options up front, the midfield has been largely ignored in the transfer rumor mill surrounding Anfield. This owes in large part to the fact that Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen are new to the club.
Yet, Sunday revealed the stark truth that, while Liverpool's midfield three are a good setup, they are not great yet. Further, while confidence and form can change over time, it remains to be seen whether the level of talent is where it needs to be.
Here is a look at who floundered Sunday and a few international options available on the cheap that can fill the void.