The sight of Virgil van Dijk reappearing in Southampton colours on the same day that Liverpool suffered another defensive calamity hardly improved the mood of Anfield supporters starting to question manager Juergen Klopp's methods.
"Let's say when I came here we started new and now we have this team". There was no solution.
The failure to buy the Dutch centre half - or anyone else as an alternative - remains a sore point on Merseyside where Liverpool's substandard defence was exposed for the third match running in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley.
It was put to Klopp that Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly or Tottenham new recruit Davinson Sanchez may well have been good options, Klopp added: "No".
"A mistake they all made in their life - but it is like, "he is a £65m signing, he will improve". "Now, when he's not playing, you can not put the captain on someone that is not playing, but obviously Virgil was one of the leaders of the squad". I don't understand that.
"Oh yeah, sometimes they make bulls**t, and we are not happy".
"They all can. They are all good out there but they are not that good that you say yes they could help immediately".
"With all the history before I came in and since I've been here with how people talk about these players, you really should try one time to go out there and ask other clubs what they think about these defenders and whether they would like to pick them".
A 5-0 drubbing away to Manchester City highlighted their frailties at the back, and Dejan Lovren's poor performance against Sevilla in a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night only fuelled more anger amongst numerous club's supporters.
"Two goals we conceded, that was not good". You perform really well boys, credit.