Not so long ago, Liverpool were competing at the very highest level, proving they were still a force to be reckoned with in European football by making it to two Champions League finals in three years between 2005 and 2007.
Not so any more. Last night's narrow 1-0 win over Unirea Urzicieni in the Europa League served to highlight just how far Liverpool have fallen.
A game against the relatively unknown team from a small town in Romania, played out in a tepid atmosphere at Anfield, was a far cry from where Liverpool were at a year ago, when they beat Real Madrid in front of 85,000 fans at the Bernabeu in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The scary thing was that Rafa Benitez's side looked like they should be playing at this new, less glamorous level.
Missing Fernando Torres once again, Liverpool lacked anything remotely resembling a cutting edge up front and it took the introduction of a 19-year-old novice, albeit a promising one, to break down Unireas' stubborn resistance by laying on the only goal of the game.
The very real fear is that Liverpool are incapable of breaking out of their current malaise and destined to languish in these depths - 'depths' because of the club's rich history in more salubrious competitions - for some time to come.
Should they take Thursday night's form into the weekend's Premier League game with Manchester City, they stand to lose yet more ground in the race for that final Champions League spot.
And the irony is not lost on ED that Liverpool are reportedly one of the teams who are against the idea of a fourth-place play-off being introduced next season. After all, it's increasingly looking like Liverpool will need all the help they can get to get back into Europe's premier club competition.
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A quick search of stories published on this website over the past eight months with Nemanja Vidic's name in the headline produces the following results:
Vidic pledges future to United; Vidic interview a fake; Vidic agent denies Barcelona claim; Vidic dismisses move talk; Vidic close to exit; Vidic linked with Real Madrid; Real Madrid to move for Vidic; Vidic for Huntelaar; United hunt new Vidic; Questions over Vidic.
What this shows is three-fold: a) Eurosport-Yahoo!'s headline writers have a limited repertoire, b) the media have become obsessed with Vidic's future, and c) the player himself actually does want out of Manchester United.
Most transfer sagas with so many claims and denials, to-ing and fro-ing, thrusting and parrying, end with the player moving on to pastures new, especially when legendary predators Real Madrid are involved.
The latest addition to the list - Vidic: I want to stay at United - has done little to convince that Vidic will still be a United player next season. Manager Alex Ferguson was markedly tetchy on the subject at his pre-Champions League press conference and once Fergie no longer sees eye to eye with a player, more often than not that means the end is nigh.
Keep your eyes peeled for a 'Vidic seals Madrid move' headline in the not-too distant future.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If Portsmouth asked me for £10 million, I would lend it to them so long as the Premier League endorsed it and it was repaid on the agreed date." Selfless philanthropist David Gold offers a lifeline to the stricken south coast club in a bid to save football from a "devastating" loss. And to ensure West Ham keep the four points they have taken off Pompey this season and probably make a mint off the interest in the process.
UNSURPRISING BUST-UP OF THE DAY: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told one of his players to leave and not come back for three months after an argument over training. No prizes for guessing which fiery Welshman with a rap sheet as long as the tattoo on his arm is the man in question...
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY: Old Trafford celebrates its 100th birthday today (if, indeed, an inanimate 76,000 capacity all-seater stadium is capable of celebrating at all), a milestone commemorated by an enormous billboard on which the 1910 version of the stadium morphs from its original appearance into its modern, gleaming incarnation. Needless to say, there is no hint of Malaysian tourists, Megastore bags or prawn sandwiches on the original version. Or a roof for that matter.
COMING UP: It's Friday, so Jim White will be filing, Paul Parker will preview the weekend's action and we'll have all the latest team news throughout the day. Plus we'll tell you who to pick for your Fantasy teams in Choose 'em or lose 'em and if that isn't enough, there's even some live League Two and Bundesliga action to enjoy tonight.