Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Southampton with a first-minute goal from Danny Ings settling the St Mary’s Stadium contest.
The Reds were badly out of sorts in the first half and although an improvement was evident after the break, they couldn’t find a way through.
It means that Manchester United remain level on points with Liverpool at the summit of the Premier League.
The two sides meet at Anfield in just under two weeks and that promises to be a stunning contest.
Liverpool will want to quickly put last night to bed but might take some positives out of Sadio Mane’s performance.
He was denied what looked a clear penalty in the second half and constantly tried to get the Reds going.
The £100,000-a-week performer hasn’t quite been at his prolific best yet this season but that hasn’t been through a lack of effort.
Mane has scored eight goals and claimed five assists during 23 appearances this season.
After last night’s performance supporters weren’t impressed – although they were satisfied with Mane.
Whilst others were criticised for their performances, the Senegal international came in for some praise on Twitter.
Here is what Liverpool supporters were saying about Mane after the defeat.
Mane Bobby and robbo only three coming out with some credit tonight.. Thiago first proper game back so not judging him
— Champ19ns 🇿🇦 (@GiovanniLFC) January 4, 2021
— Ryan (@rtw579) January 4, 2021
Lack of creativity & attack. Mané the only player that looked promising. Hoping this is a wake up call for Recruitment, WE NEED A CB!! #LFC
— Hamza (@Hamza_235) January 4, 2021
When it comes to 90% of games, Mane is more noticeable than Salah and thats that it comes down to for me
— Luke (@RoguesLFC) January 4, 2021
Our best player was probably Mane or Thiago even though they should've done a lot better. Such a shambles performance. Expect Klopp to fix this up. 7 points lost from the last 3 games.
— LFCManiac (@LFCManiac_11) January 4, 2021
— Liverpool FC news (@ClickLFC) January 4, 2021
Sadio Mané spun Walker-Pieters so many times. He was even our best player on the pitch and people are saying Mané got pocketed? Agenda>Facts🤣🤣🤣 I understand.
— Abraham Yeboah (@ABYSports) January 4, 2021