Despite not playing especially badly, Liverpool fell to a seventh Premier League defeat against Manchester United, going down 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The loss served as the perfect season-defining microcosm for the Reds’ campaign thus far as deficiencies in every department undermined their best efforts to land a positive result at the Theatre of Dreams.
As a result, the Merseysiders sit in tenth spot after 16 matches, seven points adrift of fourth, though if Everton get the better of QPR next, with a price of 9/20 insisting they will, Liverpool will begin matchday 17 against Arsenal in the bottom half.
Those of the opinion that this is where the Anfield outfit will reside after the final whistle blows on game 38 can trouser an 11/1 payday if the premonition proves accurate.
As outlandish as the notion is – after all, the Reds came to within two games of winning the Premier League title last term – their miserable fortunes are showing no signs of abating, which makes this worthy of a flutter.
Their 19 goals scored is a tally that is matched by 16th-place Crystal Palace, while three current bottom-half dwellers have leaked fewer than their 22.
At home their problems are particularly evident.
Aston Villa, a team that has seemingly made one of their seasonal objectives to register as infrequently as possible, are the only outfit sporting an inferior goals-for column at base camp than the Reds’ seven.
Of their eight games in front of the Kop, five have seen them fail to win; they required just four matches to record as many victories on the homestead last time around.
On the road – where they have been more proficient on the goal-getting front – the only two foes they’ve been able to best are relegation-zone occupiers QPR and Leicester since a scintillating 3-0 showing at Tottenham, arguably the only instance this term in which they’ve reciprocated form from the previous campaign.
Frequently spilling points on their travels and unable to compensate for this with home wins, a bottom-half finish isn’t beyond the realms of possibility for Liverpool if they carry on at their current rate.