Pressure was on Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling when he started the Premier League clash against Arsenal earlier today.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that the England international has rejected a £100,000-a-week contract from Liverpool, with the player supposedly looking for more money.
Sterling himself told BBC Sport that he is flattered to have been linked with Arsenal, and earlier today he had the chance to prove that he is good enough for the North London outfit.
However, the 20-year-old failed to make the desired impact on the match at the Emirates Stadium, as Liverpool suffered a 4-1 defeat.
The damage was done in the opening 45 minutes when Arsenal went 3-0 up, but Sterling did have 45 minutes to show what he can do.
Although the youngster did not have exactly a bad game overall, he left much to be desired, his display underlining the fact that he has still a lot to work on and improve.
Sterling had four shots of which none was on target, a pass accuracy of 78%, created no chance, put in three crosses and attempted 13 dribbles over the 90 minutes.
The Englishman, though, won the penalty which was then successfully converted by midfielder Jordan Henderson.
There was no dearth of effort from Sterling against Arsenal, but like the rest of his Liverpool teammates, he was disappointing today.