Two costly errors by Alisson saw Liverpool capitulate at home as they lost 4-1 to Manchester City, who moved five points clear at the top of the table.
After Mohamed Salah cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan's opener, the Brazilian goalkeeper made two distribution errors in four minutes as Gundogan – who missed a penalty in the first half – netted again and Raheem Sterling added a third.
Phil Foden smashed his side's fourth into the roof of the net emphatically to sum up City's dominance and pile more misery on the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp's side have lost their last three home games and find themselves 10 points behind the Sky Blues, who also have a game in hand.
Here are five talking points from Anfield.
1. Alisson's nightmare
£142million-worth of talent returned to Liverpool's starting line-up to face Manchester City in the form of Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Alisson.
Fabinho missed the Reds' last three games with a knock and Mane the last two with a minor muscle injury, while Alisson was ruled out of the defeat by through illness.
But the trio's return to the starting line-up failed to produce the desired effect.
Sadio Mane squandered Liverpool's best chance of the first half as he met Trent Alexander-Arnold's excellent cross but headed over from close range.
Fabinho handed the visitors the ideal chance to take the lead as he fouled Raheem Sterling late in the first half, and was fortunate to see Ilkay Gundogan smash over the bar from 12 yards.
And Alisson endured his worst performance in a Liverpool shirt. First, he could only parry Phil Foden's effort into the path of Ilkay Gundogan as City took the lead early in the second half.
Admittedly , it would be hard to blame City's first goal on the Brazilian goalkeeper, but their second and third goals were certainly his fault.
Alisson failed scuffed two clearances and City's incisive move in the final third was swiftly put away by Gundogan for his second. Just minutes later, Alisson passed straight to Bernardo Silva by the byline, and the midfielder's dinked cross was duly put away by Raheem Sterling.
The shot-stopper has proved himself one of the world's best in recent seasons, but his moments of madness may just have sealed the title for Manchester City.
2. Gundogan extends City penalty woes
For the second time this season, Manchester City failed to take the lead against Liverpool from the penalty spot.
In November's 1-1 draw at the Etihad, Kevin De Bruyne stepped up and dragged his effort from 12 yards wide of the post with minutes remaining in the first half.
And in the 37th minute at Anfield on Sunday, Ilkay Gundogan aimed for the top corner but skied his penalty into the Anfield stands to hand the hosts another major let-off.
It was a moment highly reminiscent of Riyad Mahrez's penalty back in 2018, which also flew high over the bar. It was also uncharacteristic of Gundogan this season, as the German midfielder is in a rich vein of form and drew lavish praise from Jurgen Klopp ahead of the match.
The dire effort from 12 yards means City have missed three of their last four penalties against Liverpool, while they have failed to covert eight Premier League spot kicks since the start of last season – three more than any other side.
An even more damning statistic was served up by stats experts Opta, who noted that four of the last six Premier League penalties to have missed the target completely have been taken by Manchester City players.
Pep Guardiola's side may be imperious during open play, but the Spaniard may need to start dedicating time on the training ground to penalty taking.
3. Midfielder makes amends
After smashing his penalty over the bar, Ilkay Gundogan showed why he is one of the Premier League's most in-form midfielders by scoring the opening goal.
The German has taken his goalscoring exploits to new heights this season and popped up in the right place at the right time to score from point-blank range after Phil Foden's effort was parried into his path.
Gundogan then punished the first of Alisson's errors as he fired in from Phil Foden's cross following an incisive move by the visitors.
A special mention should go to Foden, who capitalised on his return to the starting XI by creating the chances for both of Gundogan's goals and got on the scoresheet himself in spectacular fashion.
The England international was given a split second in the box and that was all it took for him to rifle into the roof of the net to secure the three points at Anfield.
4. Klopp gambles on Jones
After a tepid performance against Brighton, Jurgen Klopp adjusted Liverpool's midfield trio of Gini Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner which had started the last three games.
Into the line-up came Curtis Jones as the 20-year-old replaced James Milner – 15 years his senior – to make his eighth Premier League start of the season.
With the change of personnel came a tactical tweak.
Off the ball, Liverpool defended in a compact 4-3-3, with Jones, Thiago and Wijnaldum rotating roles to fill in across the centre of the pitch where needed.
Whereas in possession, two of the midfielders would form a double-pivot, while the third joined the frontline as an auxiliary attacker.
The extra man in attack bore little fruit in the first half but the strategy showed signs of promise as the game became more open following City's opener.
Jones began to find himself in space and registered two shots on goal as the Reds ramped up their search for an equaliser, the second of which fizzed narrowly wide of Ederson's far post.
The Englishman was eventually withdrawn from the action after Mohamed Salah drew Liverpool level. At that point, Klopp may have been happy with his side's performance and they appeared to have every chance of snatching a winner in the final 25 minutes.
The Reds boss could not have accounted for what his goalkeeper was about to do.
5. Salah ends runs for both sides
Never rule out Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian wasted chances in the defeat by Brighton and was starved of service in the first half against Manchester City, but he single-handedly hauled Liverpool back into the match just after the hour mark.
Salah punished an uncharacteristic error from the usually- Ruben Dias and was pulled down – albeit softly – in the box to win a penalty.
Unlike City's stars, Salah appears to have ice running through his veins from 12 yards and had little trouble finding the back of the net to equalise.
His goal ended the champions' run of 410 minutes without a goal at home, and ended City's remarkable run of 602 minutes without conceding in the Premier League.
6. Surveying the table
Asking if Liverpool needed to beat Manchester City as he previewed the match, Joleon Lescott told BT Sport: "I think so. With that and a game in hand, potentially 13 points, I don’t think you expect to claw that back."
Peter Crouch added: "If Liverpool have hopes of winning the league, they need to win that," added Peter Crouch.
The two former players echoed the general consensus that Liverpool simply had to beat Manchester City to keep their hopes of defending the Premier League alive.
But the Reds could not even manage a point against Pep Guardiola's men and defeat extends the gulf between the two sides to 10 points. To make matters worse for Liverpool, City also have a game in hand.
Given the way the Sky Blues surged to a dominant victory at Anfield, they appear to already have one hand on the Premier League trophy.
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