Liverpool and England full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold had an evening to forget in his side’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on Monday.
The Reds’ unconvincing recent form continued as they slumped to defeat on the South Coast, with Jurgen Klopp’s side now without a win in their last three Premier League games in a row.
Alexander-Arnold was partly at fault for the only goal of the game as he failed to cut out James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick for the Saints, which Danny Ings met to lob over Alisson and give his side an early lead.
The 22-year-old’s night did not get any better from there, and he was eventually substituted for James Milner after 77 minutes.
And his plight was summed up with a shocking statistic provided by Sky Sports.
Incredibly, Alexander-Arnold gave the ball away a huge 38 times during the game – more than any other Premier League player in a game so far this season.
He was far from the only disappointing Liverpool player on the pitch, however, and the champions did not even manage their first shot on target until the 75th minute.
Alexander-Arnold has so far not managed to hit the heights he reached in the 2019-20 campaign after suffering with injury issues.
And manager Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping he can get back to his best form soon – with the race for the title heating up week by week.
Despite the result the Reds still stay top of the table – but Manchester United now have a game in hand on them and remain level on points.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Aston Villa on Friday in the FA Cup Third Round, before they return to Premier League action with a potentially huge game in the title race against bitter rivals United on January 17.