Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League after failing to beat Basel at Anfield in their final group match.
It has been a miserable return to Europe's elite after a five-year absence and here Press Association Sport look at some of the areas where it has gone wrong.
A brutally honest captain Steven Gerrard admitted Liverpool could have no complaints over their Champions League elimination.
The Reds crashed out of the competition as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Basle in their final Group B clash.
Gerrard's late free-kick had given the 10-man Reds hope, cancelling out Fabian Frei's opener, but, without the red-carded Lazar Markovic from just after the hour mark, they could not find a winner.
Arsenal produced the perfect response to silence their critics with a 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray in Istanbul, where Aaron Ramsey scored one of the goals of the season.
Arsene Wenger had come in for abuse from the London club's own supporters in the aftermath of Saturday's disappointing 3-2 defeat at Stoke, which left them sixth in the Barclays Premier League.
Ten-man Liverpool were masters of their own downfall as they exited the Champions League after coming up short in their must-win encounter at home to Basle.
Steven Gerrard, 10 years and one day exactly since he rammed home that famous goal against Olympiacos which set them on the path to their fifth European Cup, did his best to change their fate - again - with a late free-kick but he needed others to contribute more and they failed.
Liverpool gave it a go, but ultimately it was too little, too late for the Premier League team.