If there is one thing worse than crashing out of a cup competition, it's crashing out of a cup competition after added extra time in a replay match away from home. Liverpool didn't do enough on the day to secure advancement to the next round of the FA Cup, and manager Jürgen Klopp was not exactly thrilled with the result.
"The only reason we were here is to go into the next round, so we are really disappointed," Klopp said after the match. "Liverpool at this moment is not the most sunny side - there are a few discussions, 2-0 in the lead [against Sunderland, to draw 2-2], the manager in hospital, and out of FA Cup.
"Tomorrow the sun will shine if we want to, all together, take positive things out of this game and make the next step. It's better to create chances and miss than not create chances, if we want we can see a positive."
The one positive to take from the loss is the immediate relief it provides to Liverpool's excessively congested fixture list. The club haven't had much time off in between games since at least November, and the removal of one competition from their slate of obligations means a bit of breathing room for other matches that already need to be rescheduled.
"We can rest a lot of players now, we have the first match day when we are not involved," Klopp said of the sudden gap in his team's calendar where the next round of the FA Cup would have been. "Maybe we will play then with Everton or something like this which we can't play because of the League Cup final. But we have to use time, we have to make steps, that's what we did until now.
"We don't like our results too much to be honest it's a difficult way we have to go but in the end, it can be the right way. I'm ok, I would have gone to the next round, it didn't work, so let's carry on."
Liverpool remain active in three competitions, not least of which is a cup final. Dwelling on Wednesday's result won't help their results going forward, and if Liverpool hope to win their first silverware of the Jürgen Klopp era, they'll need to quickly regroup and find a bit of winning form before they head to Wembley at the end of the month.