Liverpool had to settle for a goalless draw against Hertha Berlin in their fourth pre-season friendly in Germany.
The excellent Andriy Voronin missed a penalty in what was a low key affair in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds now head back to Melwood after 10 productive days on the continent to continue their preparations for 2008-09.
They had to wait 14 minutes for their first effort on goal in the German capital when Voronin, who turned 29 this week, pinged the ball wide to Jermaine Pennant. The winger cut back to Olympic-bound Javier Mascherano but his long-range effort blazed high and wide.
Sadly, that was pretty much it from the visitors in a fairly non-descript first half. Up front, Voronin and 17-year-old Daniel Pacheco were starved of the kind of service which has seen them impress in the three pre-season friendlies to date.
Instead it was Hertha, the 10th best club in the Bundesliga last term, who looked the more threatening in the final third, with right-back Sofian Chahed twice blasting towards Diego Cavalieri's goal in the opening 45.
While Rafa Benitez rotated his entire back four at the break, the hosts changed only their goalkeeper.
Within four minutes substitute stopper Christian Fieldler had already had as many touches as his predecessor - and what a touch it was.
Liverpool looked set to break the deadlock from 12 yards after Voronin was dragged down in the box, but the ponytailed striker was denied by a superb diving save.
Still, the famous Olympiastadion, an arena not used to lethargy, was at last woken from its daze.
Perhaps it was the introduction of new boys Philipp Degen and Andrea Dossena, who true to form dived down the flanks in a bid to make things happen.
Soon after the penalty, Pacheco burst free into the box after an intelligent ball from Voronin. The former Barcelona hotshot dinked it over Fieldler but couldn't find the target. Even if he had, the flag had long been raised for offside.
At the other end Cavalieri was also getting a chance to shine, making a fine reflex save on 64 minutes. It was to be the Brazilian's last act, however, with Benitez throwing on young David Martin between the sticks.
By 75 minutes the Spanish coach had used all nine substitutes; Voronin and Mascherano the only players lasting the entire match. The latter will view this as a useful workout before joining up with his Olympic teammates tomorrow.
With so many changes, the game lost its fluidity as the second half wore on, with the Reds failing to make a breakthrough despite a host of late corners.