LONDON (SE) - Shocked and embarrassed, Liverpool may be desperate to regroup.
The schedule isn't offering them any favours.
Coming off one of the most stunning losses in club history, Liverpool's fixtures are about to get a lot tougher Wednesday night when they attempt to beat Arsenal for only the second time in 11 tries.
The Reds (9-7-7) are seventh in the Premier League table, and so far back of first-place Manchester United that it seems virtually impossible that their search for their first league title since 1990 is ending this season.
That's a big reason why Liverpool were hoping to make a run at a third domestic cup title in seven years.
Instead, they were shockingly eliminated from the FA Cup on Sunday, falling 3-2 in the fourth round to Oldham Athletic, a club battling relegation from League One.
"We're bitterly disappointed," manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's official website. "It's a trophy we really put our focus onto and hoped to go far in - but it's a competition we're now out of so we're all disappointed."
Rodgers went as far to challenge his team's mentality, insinuating that they took Oldham lightly following a 5-0 win over Norwich City in league play on Jan. 19.
"It's not enough to play for Liverpool and get up for the Arsenal and Manchester City games," he said. "If you're going to win trophies and go far in competitions, you need to be able to come to places like this and win. We weren't good enough for that."
Rodgers is hoping that changes quickly since Liverpool visits Manchester City next Sunday after a trip to London to face Arsenal (10-7-6).
The Reds are 1-4-5 in their last 10 meetings with the Gunners. However, they won 2-0 in their most recent visit to the Emirates on Aug. 20.
Luis Suarez had a goal in that meeting, and he continues to be Liverpool's biggest attacking threat. The controversial forward leads the team with 21 goals in all competitions, getting eight of them in the past eight matches, including one at Oldham.
Arsenal avoided a scare of their own in the FA Cup on Saturday, getting a goal in the 85th minute from Theo Walcott to beat the Championship's Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2.
Manager Arsene Wenger was relieved to advance, but his comments may be cautionary for Liverpool.
"It was important to win and qualify because you know that if you go to a lower-division (team) and go out, the environment of the team would not be very good," he told Arsenal's official website.
Olivier Giroud is looking to continue being a physical force up front. The powerful forward scored twice against Brighton, matching his output from last Wednesday's 5-1 romp over West Ham.
Giroud now has 13 goals on the season, seemingly distancing himself from the criticism hurled at him for his slow start following his transfer from Montpellier.
"This guy is tall, strong and quicker than people think he is," Wenger said. "He could have played in England 20 years ago, 10 years ago and today. He is all you need to play as a centre forward; a physical presence.
"He gives us something different. I believe with him and Theo we have a good blend."
Walcott has a goal in each of the past three matches, but has failed to score in 11 versus Liverpool.