Liverpool's hopes of successfully retaining the Capital One Cup are over after they went down to a 3-1 defeat to Swansea City at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Chico Flores opened the scoring on 34 minutes of the fourth-round tie when he powered home via his head from a corner.
Joe Cole spurned a great chance to net an instant equaliser when he directed a weak header at goal when unmarked, while substitute Steven Gerrard rattled the post midway through the second period.
However, Swansea secured their passage into the quarter-finals when Nathan Dyer capped a counter-attack by tapping home Pablo Henandez's low cross at the Kop end.
Luis Suarez reduced the arrears on 77 minutes by heading in a Gerrard free-kick, but Jonathan De Guzman wrapped up a Swansea success with an injury-time strike.
The pre-match team news confirmed a starting berth for 18-year-old striker Samed Yesil, while Jonjo Shelvey lined up to make his 50th Liverpool appearance.
The likes of Joe Cole, Oussama Assaidi, Joe Allen, Jack Robinson and Jordan Henderson completed the starting XI, while Brendan Rodgers named a strong bench that included Luis Suarez and Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.
The bitterly-cold evening presented Rodgers with a first chance to pit his wits against former club Swansea since he departed the Liberty Stadium for Anfield in June.
However, the boss stressed in the build up that there would be no room for sentiment come kick off as the Reds looked to take another step towards a successful defence of the trophy they'd held aloft at Wembley in February.