Kenny Dalglish's first match back as Liverpool manager ended in a 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat by Manchester United on Sunday and, to make matters worse, Steven Gerrard was sent-off as well.
Any hopes Liverpool great Dalglish, the last manager to bring the league title to Anfield in 1990, would immediately revive the squad after the six-month reign of Roy Hodgson was ended on Saturday, lasted barely 35 seconds at the Old Trafford home of bitter rivals United.
That was how long it took United to earn a penalty scored by Ryan Giggs after striker Dimitar Berbatov was clipped in the box by Daniel Agger.
Worse followed for Dalglish when Liverpool captain Gerrard was sent-off by Howard Webb for jumping into a challenge on fellow England midfielder Michael Carrick in the 32nd minute.
Victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's men meant United avoided a repeat of last season's embarrassment when they were knocked out in the third round, when teams from England's top two divisions enter the FA Cup, by then League One side Leeds.
In the day's other early kick-off Cup tie Premier League highflyers Tottenham Hotspur beat third division Charlton 3-0.