Liverpool's poor start to the season continued yesterday as a former player in Stewart Downing took them apart in another shocking defensive display from Brendan Rodgers' men.
They were 2-0 down early doors after goals from Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho so Rodgers' moved to strengthen his back-line with the introduction of Mamadou Sakho for Javier Manquillo.
On paper it made sense. Manquillo was struggling to contend with the power of Enner Valencia on the left so Sakho came on in order for Martin Skrtel to go right in a three man back-line.
But Sakho's performance left very little to be admired.
First of all he did his best to render Dejan Lovren immobile - by going up for a header with the Croatian that he had no right to.
He then went on to demonstrate a less on in how not to head a ball with several wayward aerial clearances. In the end he was caught out. His skewed attempt at a controlled header landed perfectly at the feet of the impressive Downing. He slotted the ball through to Morgan Amalfitano, who swiftly made it 3-1.
The result condemned Liverpool to their third defeat in five games and in fairness to Sakho, who found himself roundly criticised in the media after the game, including by Gary Neville on Twitter and Neil Lennon on Match of the Day, the performances of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren also left much to be desired.
But the Liverpool fans were fairly unanimous on one factor after the game on Twitter. Sakho needs to work on his heading...
Sakho simply woeful— Jimmy C (@Jimmycjamescov) September 20, 2014
All three CB were very poor. Pathetic to see a few fans here defending Sakho after that terrible header #LFC— Tuaha Sohail (@TuahaSohail) September 20, 2014
Sakho has so much experience and so much potential and is rated by so many in France. Struggling to defend him anymore.— Lewis Cox. (@Lew_Cox) September 20, 2014
This Sakho heading display is utterly amazing.— Annie Gaal (@NyeBeverage) September 20, 2014
Mamadou Sakho absolutely sunk us in that last 10,who was that header supposed to be for? His imaginary midfielder?Shocking, in every aspect.— Shane Çorcoran (@Shanecorcoran) September 20, 2014