Chelsea travel to Hull City this week with an unfamiliar sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach that will test their resolve to the full in the coming weeks.
They are in mourning but have no time to wallow in such sentiments if their ambitions for the season are not to suffer further crucial blows.
Everyone knew the day would one day arrive when the Blues' home invincibility would vanish and that they would be scrutinised like never before for signs of weakened spirit after such a crushing setback. That time has come.
Liverpool deservedly ended that amazing run of undefeated home matches which lasted 86 matches spread over four years and eight months.
It has been a phenomenal achievement which has brought two titles and deserved better recognition than rapidly emptying stands before the final whistle.
We are not used to signs of vulnerability from the Blues at the Bridge but it was there in abundance on Saturday as Liverpool scented their prize after taking an early lead through Xabi Alonso and they never looked like letting go.
They were all but flawless defensively and for once there was not enough wit or invention from the home side to do anything about it.
The Blues created few clear-cut chances and resorted to pumping long balls that never looked like disturbing Dan Agger and Jamie Carragher at the heart of the Reds’ defence.
How the Blues could have done with Joe Cole and Didier Drogba to find a solution to such a thorny problem - instead they ended the match reliant on the raw talents of the inexperienced Franco Di Santo up front. Their lack of options up front was exposed with Nicolas Anelka unable to cause any distress in the visitors' ranks.
How they must have wished also that they had not encountered Javier Mascherano in such an uncompromising mood in the holding midfielder role. He was magnificent.
Liverpool have not won the league for 28 years but seem intent on putting that right this year and maybe it will not just be the Manchester reds that the Blues have to worry about if they are to regain the ascendancy as the Premier League’s pre-eminent club.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is unencumbered by the devastation generally felt within the club by the loss of the home record, but it will be up to him now to bend everyone else to his thinking - that it is just one match and three points, no more no less.
“We did not expect the result, but we need to understand that Liverpool is a very good team and that they play not better than us but they shoot one ball better than us and they win,” said the Blues’ boss.
“If we’re beaten anywhere then it’s the same - three points - for me it’s not different. If we lose here or at Liverpool, Manchester or Tottenham it’s the same - three points. And now, what’s happened? They are three points in front of us. Only this.
“The players are sad - it’s normal. But, it’s not finished, the world. It’s only one game. We have 28-30 games more.”
He is right logically, but of course football is not merely about logic. He will also have to ensure any collatoral damage suffered to the psyche does not further harm his team's new-found sense of vulnerability.