In the midst of all the drama, Philippe Coutinho made his return to the Liverpool side as he came on in the second half for Emre Can but was unable to make an impact on proceedings.
Daniel Sturridge also made his Champions League debut for Liverpool despite being at the club since January 2013, coming on for the final six minutes.
But on a night where there was much anticipation about Liverpool’s return to Europe’s elite club competition, it ended with the same murmurs of discontent that has cost them dearly in recent years.
A potentially tricky away trip to Spartak Moscow awaits Liverpool in the next round of the tournament in two weeks time.
But their attention will swiftly turn to Saturday’s visit of Burnley who have already caused one upset this season after beating Chelsea 3-2 on the opening day of the season.