In a supreme show of superior skill, strength, and Premiership know-how, the once-mighty Liverpool Football Club overpowered the minnows of South-east Asian football here in Bangkok last night.
The Reds took the game to the Thais, scoring an early 6th minute opener through Ryan Babel, when he poked home past the desperate attempts of the Thai goalkeeper.
After that, it was all one-way traffic, with the score eventually finishing 1-1.
See how I cleverly omitted to mention that Liverpool were extremely poor, and that the Thais rose to the occasion with a verve and determination seldom shown by the Premier League 'giants'.
If Liverpool are to carry out their threat of becoming title-chasers, they will have to do a lot more than this against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Wolverhampton Wanderers if they are to stave off relegation.
Even the introduction of Torres with 10 minutes to go couldn't stimulate the Reds into action, and Rafa Benitez' men were glad to hear the final whistle.
The Rajamangala Stadium was packed to capacity with fans wearing Swine Flu masks, but Benitez said afterwards:
"We weren't worried about the 'Flu. We think it was all a hoax, just like our claims of a title challenge will prove to be."