The Gunners made a poor start at Anfield and found themselves 1-0 down after Roberto Firmino headed home from inside the Arsenal box.
Things got worse for Arsene Wenger’s side 25 minutes later – in-form attacker Sadio Mane was given far too much room down the left and cut inside before slotting a curling effort past Petr Cech.
But before Liverpool’s second goal of the afternoon, Switzerland international Xhaka stunned Neville with a bizarre piece of defending.
Just two yards from Arsenal’s goal and under pressure from a Liverpool player, the £30million signing attempted to back-heel the ball to his goalkeeper rather than clear his lines.
The 24-year-old, who was later booked for one of numerous fouls, did not succeed however and his effort trickled out for a Liverpool corner.
Speaking on Sky Sports, commentator Neville said: ‘I think I’ve just seen him try to back-heel it to his keeper inside his own six yard box.
‘Try and find words for that. I can’t believe what I’m seeing.’
Who are all the Xhaka lovers gonna blame this time absolutely criminal pass another puss poor mistake getting ripped apart
— Lee Judges (@leemarkjudges) August 27, 2017
I've seen a lot of stupid things from an Arsenal player but that attempted back heel to the keeper from Xhaka was shocking.
— ARSENAL (@Artekkers) August 27, 2017
Xhaka trying to backheel it to Cech 2 yards from his own goal.. #ComedyClub
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) August 27, 2017
Xhaka is technically excellent but he's one of the thickest players we've ever had at the club. Complete idiot.
— S (@attwood10) August 27, 2017
£36m star sends come-and-get me plea to Arsenal and Liverpool
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