A Luis Suarez double was not enough to prevent Liverpool slipping out of the UEFA Europa League on away goals.
The Reds won 3-1 on the night thanks to a tremendous performance at Anfield, and while that left the score 3-3 on aggregate following a 2-0 loss in Russia last week, it was Zenit who progressed after Hulk collected an early away goal.
Joe Allen was the other scorer on a night that came close to emulating famous comebacks such as Olympiacos 2004 and Auxerre 1991.
Liverpool started brightly amid a wall of noise at Anfield, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson mustering early shots.
It was a night when an early goal would be required — but unfortunately it came at the wrong end, Hulk capitalizing on a mis-hit back pass from Jamie Carragher and slotting past Pepe Reina at the Kop end.
Nineteen minutes gone and Liverpool now required four goals to progress, but Anfield did not lose hope.
In the 28th minute, the arrears were reduced after Daniel Agger slalomed through the visiting...