Liverpool against Manchester City historically has never been a match up that had much significance to the Reds.
Taking into consideration that every match in the Premier League is important however an encounter with The Citizens was not one that was considered as one of Liverpool's top matches of their season.
How times have changed.
Manchester City have such a wealth of talent that the prospect of facing them is now one of the major games for any Premiership team.
In truth, Liverpool have been poor tonight and there have been too many below par performances.
However, take nothing away from City, they were simply better than the team from Anfield tonight.
Roy Hodgson played an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation, with Fernando Torres, starting his first game of this season and David Ngog partnered up front together.
Steven Gerrard and Lucas formed the central midfield partnership, with the Liverpool captain sometimes playing deeper than his Brazilian team mate.
That itself is a negative thing for the Reds. Surely Gerrard is more effective further up the field.
Daniel Agger was forced into the left back position with Liverpool very short in that position.
Liverpool were completely outplayed and humbled at Eastlands tonight with an embarrassing loss.