Liverpool's hopes of getting anything out of their league campaign seem to be over; so how should they approach the rest of the campaign?
The defeat to Manchester United at the weekend leaves Liverpool with an uphill battle to say the least if they are to achieve a top four finish.
There are many aspects from this season that do not make pleasant reading from their Premier League campaign. A goal difference of -3, only 25 goals from 22 games and the worst defensive record in the top half with set pieces in particular proving to be a problem. Every time the ball goes up in the air in their own area, you automatically expect them to concede.
The league feels something of a write-off, and manager Jurgen Klopp will be afforded the grace to look towards next season. He was, and should never be, judged on this league campaign given that only one player who could possibly have had his say-so has arrived so far - and that has been on a loan deal.
But they remain in three other competitions, and there is an opportunity to lay some ground work for the medium to long-term when it comes to the first-team. So what should Liverpool aim to do?
Here are three things that are realistic:
Despite the poor aspects of this season, there is a real chance that Liverpool could win their first trophy in three years. They currently hold a slender advantage going into the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Stoke City, and are still in both the FA Cup and Europa League.
Not only can landing a trophy in the first season provide some short-term joy and success but it could be the base to kick on from. In recent seasons Liverpool's big-game mentality has been questioned; when it seems the prize is so close to them, it has been taken away from them. Some would say through misfortune on one hand but there has certainly been the occasion where they have turned in a poor performance.
There is the case for prioritising the cup competitions to the detriment of the league. Eight points off the top four with a side that does not score that many goals seems to be a big task. Trophies can bring confidence and flick that mentality switch that Klopp will want. He wants a side of serial winners after all.
Show an ability to win games regularly
Over the long-term, Liverpool's holy grail is to win the league title, and in order to do that they need to win games on a consistent basis.
Liverpool's longest run of wins in the league so far this season is a mere two. Their longest run of wins in all competitions is four. The Reds need to show that they have the ability of stringing a run together. Even if it is the odd run of five or six games on the bounce, they need to have a reference point to show they can be consistent.
Find a way to get goals from all areas of the field
The side that lined up in the weekend defeat to United had scored 10 goals, including penalties, in all competitions between them this season. Only one goal from the defenders, and two goals from the midfield three - while two of the front three have made their names predominantly in midfield.
There may not be a match winner in other areas of the field but Liverpool have got to try to find one if they are going to find anything like a cutting edge between now and the end of the season.
They cannot just go out and try and sign a forward who they hope will bang in 30 goals next season either - although that would help - there needs to be some sort of depth to their goal-scoring. Given the upheaval the past two summer transfer windows have seen, and the lack of goals that have followed, certain players need to stand up and be counted.