Aston Villa's inevitable relegation moved even closer after an embarrassing 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Villa fans had been given a glimmer of hope by a 2-0 home win over Norwich City last weekend, but any lingering hopes of a great escape have surely been erased by today's thrashing.
Former Villa players Daniel Sturridge and James Milner both got on the scoresheet for Liverpool as the Reds raced into a 2-0 lead before half time, but things were about to get even worse for Villa.
Emre Can hit a third after the break, before substitute Divock Origi came off the bench to make it 4-0 with his first touch of the ball.
Four quickly became five as Nathaniel Clyne turned the ball home from close range, and centre back Kolo Toure got in on the act, converting from a corner to cap off the scoring at 6-0.
Many believe that manager Remi Garde could resign after such a catastrophic defeat, which keeps Villa eight points adrift of safety and moving ever closer to relegation.
For Liverpool, manager Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with an emphatic win regardless of the opponent, and the return from injury of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge is a welcome boost.