Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal
The reds were on the wrong end of the result at Anfield, in a game in which the reds were out-passed, out-thought and out-classed by the Gunners who grabbed their first win of the season.
Liverpool are currently enduring their worst start to a season for 50 years, and after the transfer debacle - only two senior strikers in the entire squad, there was little hope of a saviour from off Liverpool's weakened bench.
Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez both had exceptionally poor games - and the decision to play both on Thursday against Hearts may have had some impact on their jaded performances.
Pepe Reina continues with his poor form - both goals conceded in sloppy fashion by the 30 year old keeper.
Nuri Sahin made his Liverpool debut alongside Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen, but it was only the young Welshman who could leave the field having known he had put in a decent shift.
Arsenal dominated Liverpool in midfield, and Suarez was too often left isolated up front. The football tacticians will tell you that Liverpool play 4-3-3, but this was nothing more than a basic defensive 4-5-1. Liverpool attempted to pass around at the back, but forays in to the opposition half were few and far between and the reds clearly misunderstood the '7 second rule' - as they struggled to retain the ball longer than that length of time - a misguided pass back to Arsenal was commonplace.
It was Steven Gerrard who gave the ball away just outside Arsenal's penalty area that led to the opening goal. Cazorla surged up the pitch before finding Podolski who easily beat the nervous Pepe Reina in front of the Kop. Gerrard's giveaway was symptomatic of a tired labouring performance from the captain - memories of his surging runs from 3 seasons back looking like they may only be seen again on DVD's.
Cazorla scored Arsenal's second twenty minutes before the end of the game - his shot timidly helped in to the net by Reina.
Liverpool never really threatened - and although they did have a number of corners - many didn't even beat the first man.
Brendan Rodgers will have time now to work on a few things - but he has not helped himself by allowing so many forwards to leave the club for peanuts.