With such a background to the match it was almost inevitable there would be a lack of urgency and quality from either side.
The Reds are now unbeaten in their last eleven European games, although it’s hard to imagine that record being continued with the quality on display tonight.
Hodgson chose to play his younger players in this competition and they will certainly benefit from the experience, but whether they will actually make the step-up to regular first teamers, remains to be seen.
Less than 40,000 turned out at Anfield for a European game and bearing in mind the entertainment on display those that stayed away showed good decision making.
But, in a season of relative mediocrity for the Reds they are at least in the draw for the last 32 which takes place on Friday.
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
37 Skrtel (Kyrgiakos 46)
28 C Poulsen
14 Jovanovic (Kuyt 73)
39 Eccleston (yellow card) (Pacheco 56)
02 G Johnson,
04 Raul Meireles,
14 Van der Maarel,
30 Adam Sarota,
47 de Kogel