The second-half must have witnessed a huge wake-up call from Jurgen Klopp, as the Reds started with much more energy and pace especially from Coutinho, who was all over the final third trying to score his first goal of the season.
Jeff Hendrick is on track for an Anfield return to action after overcoming a thigh injury.
"It's our fault. We are responsible for the things that happen to us", the German said afterwards, and as was the case in the 2-2 Champions League draw with Sevilla in midweek, they were their own worst enemies.
His raw pace and direct way of playing is both simplistic and lovely, causing a host of problems for any defender standing in his way.
"We are trying to move the team forward and they are adapting to the constant challenge of the Premier League". While Pope would be hoping to make his introduction into the top-flight under better circumstances, he now has an opportunity to prove he can play at this level of the game.
Liverpool pushed for the victor but, for all of Coutinho's brilliance, they lacked the cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Sadio Mane. His delivery frequently let him down, much to the annoyance of Klopp on the touchline, although he went close to scoring late on when he forced a good save out of Nick Pope.
Liverpool's frailty in defense was exposed once more as Arfield finished calmly from the edge of the box in the 27th minute after the Reds twice failed to clear a long ball.
While the wing backs will nearly certainly need to be rested during busy periods in the club's schedule, he could potentially use the same central pair for the vast majority of Liverpool's fixtures, injuries permitting. This is to be expected, however, and he will only get better as his fitness and match sharpness improves. Never really looked comfortable dealing with the aerial power of Chris Wood.
While the Brazilian may not necessarily be in it from the start, it sounds like Simon Mignolet will be back between the sticks after sitting out the meeting with the Andalusians. At the end of the season, he will have 85 or 87 per cent of all games I think.
"It was about the intensity of the games and the quality of the squad".
"We're still adapting to the Premier League and the secret of our success through the years - and our fans know this - is that some days you are going to have to be like that; when we work diligently and take any chances that come our way".
Klopp insisted he is optimistic about his side's chances of taking points from a hard run of games, saying: "Now we go to Leicester, Leicester again, then we go to Moscow and then Newcastle and if we can keep the shape and improve the other things, I think everybody has seen already we can be really strong".