After less than two minutes of the match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday it was clear it was not going to be the visitors' day.
When Younes Kaboul inexplicably flicked Glen Johnson's cross into his own net, Tim Sherwood's side looked set to continue their woeful record against the top four this season, and so it proved as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners.
Given that score-line, it would have been no surprise if not a single Spurs player left the field with much credit. But one young man did attempt to keep playing, and keep trying, right up until the final whistle.
That player was Christian Eriksen, who is regarded by many as the one unquestionably savvy piece of business Spurs did in a summer chock-full of transfer activity.
The 22-year-old may still be finding his feet in the Premier League, but what talented feet they are.
Against Liverpool he made 29 accurate passes (12 of which were played forward), he made two key passes, had three scoring attempts and won one free-kick; not bad for a player on the wrong-end of a 4-0 defeat.
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The Danish international also had a 71% pass-completion rate and even when played out of position, he looks to get on the ball and dictate the play as much as he can.
The headlines after the match were about other things altogether. But we took to Twitter to see what the fans made of Eriksen's performance and we found a fair amount of praise for the former Ajax player.
You can read a selection of the tweets below:
Playing Christian Eriksen wide left and Nacer Chadli as a no.10 is criminal— Socanalysis (@SocanalysisUK) March 30, 2014
@ChrisEriksen8 love the way you play, your brain is far ahead of the other players— FOREVERYOUNG (@zarak8) March 30, 2014
Pleaseeeeee play Christian Eriksen as a central midfield player! That IS his best position! Not wide or a number 10, like Modric! #COYS— Mr Stuuuu (@MrStu10) March 30, 2014
Is there anyone on Spurs with quality other than Christian Eriksen? Nope. That's a problem. #callinggarethbale— Erik Stenholm (@ErikStenholm) March 30, 2014
Why is Christian Eriksen the only one trying— Charlie Carmen (@CharlieCarmen1) March 30, 2014