The United striker was more or less invisible for 90 minutes at Anfield.
When the team sheets were released, it was thought that Martial would play on the wing, allowing man of the moment Marcus Rashford another shot at leading the line, though it was the academy prospect who ended up on the flank.
Overall, United's £36 million man did not look like a player with such a pricetag in tonight's first leg of the last 16, and the club's supporters were quick to point out his shortcomings on the night.
Martial has looked better on left wing this season. Rashford scored 4 goals in 2 games up top. Why switch them? #mufc— Jon Davis (@cinephilefilms) March 10, 2016
@Man_United_Man_ I totally agree on Martial. He is our most creative player at the moment. Doesn't get on the ball enuf at CF— Levor (@LevBloom) March 10, 2016
When Martial plays out wide and doesn't score we scream he shud play thru the middle.— ✨ Manny Fresh ✨ (@MannyFreshUK) March 10, 2016
They tot Monaco was stupid selling martial to Manchester utd— olamide (@BrianMide) March 10, 2016
... Keown just rated Martial as Manutd best player tonight - Dont know what he was watching!— Wass (@Wass_786) March 10, 2016
Martial is slowly getting exposed as well.— Larry (@Koxielny) March 10, 2016
Oh Martial did play— Liam Andrews (@liamandrewsmk) March 10, 2016
Nobody is talking about Martial and how horrible he was in that game— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) March 10, 2016
Anthony Martial was the worst Man Utd player today.Refused to chase the ball and can bet he didn't touch the ball more than 10 times.#LVGOUT— Wande T. Ajayi (@AjayiOlawande) March 10, 2016
Martial is another Berbatov. I don't like his attitude.— El Beerdilaacshe (@atomowiski) March 10, 2016
It remains to be seen if Louis van Gaal sticks with the youngster for next week's return leg at Old Trafford, though United have given themselves a sizeable task in order to progress.
A Daniel Sturridge penalty on 20 minutes, coupled with a Roberto Firmino second with 17 minutes to play, has made Jurgen Klopp's side huge favourites to progress into the quarters.