It was May 2019 when Barcelona’s worst fears were realised.
The Catalan club suffered a collapse at Anfield, surrendering a three-goal aggregate lead in a 4-0 defeat which sent them spiralling into crisis.
Lionel Messi was left shellshocked after their Champions League semi-final embarrassment, the second straight year they had crashed out of the competition after entering the second leg with a big lead.
“It was one of the worst experiences in my career,” he said a few weeks later.
Messi went into more depth on the experience later that summer, and after recent events it is fair to say very little has changed for Barcelona.
“January until now has been such a terrible time for everybody,” he said.
“I think in the Champions League there are four matches where we could turn the whole season around if we get the right results.
“I think the people here at the club will feel angry about what’s been going on this season but that’s normal, the players feel like that too, it’s logical people will be critical.
“I think it’s like losing against Roma and Liverpool, when you don’t win anything no-one is happy.”
Whilst there have been some changes – Luis Suarez has left, Ronald Koeman is in the dugout and there has been upheaval behind the scenes – the situation remains bleak.
They were thrashed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick downed the helpless Catalan club who looked a shadow of what they once were.
It proved that, ultimately, nothing has really changed in terms of the state of the club since Messi’s comments on their “terrible time” after defeat to Liverpool.
People remain “angry”, with some fans taking to the streets to express their displeasure at the performance at the Nou Camp.
Messi also appears far from satisfied after his efforts to leave the club last summer.
As Messi concluded back in 2019, “when you don’t win anything no-one is happy”.
And Barcelona still look a far cry from a side ready to win the Champions League again.