The final contribution from Jordan Henderson before he was withdrawn was a telling one.
As the Anfield clock ticked past the hour mark, Henderson surrendered possession cheaply to Jack Colback before sweeping the legs of his former Sunderland team-mate in an outburst of frustration that earned him a justified booking.
The petulant reaction was not born solely out of the error on his Liverpool bow – it also represented disappointment at a subdued debut and even more significantly, playing second fiddle to the other Academy of Light product on show.
Of the two midfielders, one is yet to command a penny while the other has raked in almost £20million. But there was nothing to demonstrate such a staggering gulf in price tags.
For all his undoubted potential, Henderson needs to start proving he can shine in the big games – both last season’s derbies, his England debut and Saturday’s Liverpool debut have all seen the 21-year-old go missing.
Of Liverpool’s four debutants on show, Henderson was by far the quietest, although admittedly he was out on the right when much of the home side’s play came through Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique down the left.
* Read Chris’s full verdict in tonight’s Sunderland Echo