UNITIED KINGDOM - Hull City put Liverpool firmly in their place last night. And their place isn't the Premier League summit. Brendan Rodgers is assembling an accomplished squad, but the jigsaw isn't complete. Pieces are still missing.
The biggest piece is Daniel Sturridge.
It was confirmed yesterday that the striker was ruled out for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury and the clock starts ticking now for the Reds.
Without one member of their SAS up front, they need an SOS.
The Tigers earned a priceless 3-1 home victory over Liverpool, much to the delight of the dancing Steve Bruce.
He was in time with the victory beats around the KC Stadium, but Liverpool were out of step.
With Sturridge injured and the recovering Philippe Coutinho not risked in the starting XI, Luis Suarez was tasked with the role of the lone ranger.
It was a role he once relished, preferred even.
Last night, he missed Tonto.
With two of Liverpool's attacking triumvirate not in the starting line-up, their short-comings were suddenly exposed by the tenacious Tigers.