SINGAPORE - CRYSTAL PALACE 3
(Delaney 79, Gayle 81, 88)
(Allen 18, Sturridge 53, Suarez 55)
Luis Suarez sat forlornly on the Selhurst Park turf, scarcely able to believe what had happened.
As the tears came, he hauled his shirt up and refused to pull it back down again until he had reached the sanctuary of the dressing room.
He was led, like a blind man, from the pitch by Kolo Toure, the jeers and taunts of the Crystal Palace supporters ringing in his ears.
Even for a man who has had so many personal lows, this was new nadir.
A chance of a Premier League winner medal all but spurned because of a hideous "Inverse Istanbul" that saw three goals conceded in just nine minutes yesterday morning (Singapore time).
It will take time for Suarez to recover from this. It will take time for everyone connected with Liverpool to recover.
Even though a 3-0 win would still have left them relying on the slim possiblity of a City slip, even though they were unlikely to put eight or nine goals past Newcastle on the final day of the season, this will still be long remembered as the night that Liverpool blew the title.
What matters now, is how they react.
There is little reason to doubt Brendan Rodgers.
The man holds within himself a deep well of positivity and, although he acknowledged that an outside chance of success still remains, he has already turned his attention to next season and the Champions League.
He will see this for what it probably is; a near miss and a learning experience.
For Steven Gerrard, it might be too late. Clearly in physical decline, his extraordinary mental strength and his unexpected conversion to a deep-lying midfielder have kept him relevant during this campaign.
But, will he still be able to perform at that level next year, or the year after that? It's going to be very hard.
But what of Suarez? In the background of this incredible season, you can still hear the rumour mill turning.