Fernando Torres' Chelsea career plumbed new depths when he was seemingly booed off by his own team's supporters, having been substituted in the Blues' 2-0 Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea.
The Spaniard was made to look worse when his replacement, new signing Demba Ba - who cost £43m less than his team-mate - came on and threatened the goal far more, despite only playing nine minutes.
It's nearly two years since Torres swapped the adulation of Anfield for Stamford Bridge, but it seems like a lifetime since he was regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in European football.
On paper, Torres' record this season doesn't seem too bad, having netted 14 goals in all competitions so far for Chelsea, but dig a little deeper and you'll struggle to find many key goals. El Nino has boosted his figures this campaign with less than vital goals in games such as the 6-0 Capital One Cup win over Wolves, the 3-1 Club World Cup semi victory against Monterey, as well as strikes in an 8-0 win over Villa, a 5-1 win at Leeds and a 4-1 win against Norwich.
Indeed, his Chelsea record of six Champions League goals may seem to compare favourably with his eight goals in the competition for Liverpool, but that figure includes two in a routine 5-0 thrashing of minnows Genk and another brace in the 6-1 win against Nordsjaelland, which saw the Blues crash out at the group stage. Even his late equaliser at Barcelona was not technically needed to see Chelsea through to the Champions League final.
Contrast this with his contribution to Liverpool's Champions League cause, when he netted a brilliant winner against Inter in the San Siro, scored a superb and vital goal against Arsenal in the 2008 quarter-finals, as well as goals that proved important against Porto, Marseille and Real Madrid.
His lethal finishing for the Reds in positive results against Manchester United, not to mention Chelsea, helped to build a reputation that has not been sustained down south by goals against Leicester, QPR and Reading.
One area where Torres has undoubtedly improved since leaving Anfield, however, is his trophy cabinet. For Liverpool he failed to win a single medal, but at Stamford Bridge he has added both Champions League and FA Cup successes to his CV. Again, appearances can be deceptive, as Torres was an unused substitute in the Wembley win over his old team and came on late in the Champions League final, only to receive a vote of no confidence when it came to the penalty shoot-out, with Didier Drogba the hero.
Even his international success with Spain since joining Chelsea isn't all it appears. Torres won the Euro 2012 Golden Boot as his country won a third successive major tournament, scoring three goals, but two of those came in a 4-0 thrashing of a terrible Ireland team, while the third came as a sub in the last six minutes of another 4-0 win against a shattered, beaten, 10-man Italy. Those goals, plus one assist, secured Torres the Golden Boot, having tied him with five other players on three goals (Torres came out top because he played the fewest minutes; Spain consistently left him on the bench, despite not playing a recognised striker).
It was all so different four years previous, when the then-Liverpool star scored the winner against Germany in the Euro 2008 final. Perhaps Torres should ask Liverpool if they'll take him back?