Liverpool dominated the opening 45 minutes against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville is rarely lost for words but the Manchester United legend-turned-TV pundit could hardly believe what he was seeing from Granit Xhaka during Arsenal’s clash against Liverpool.

The Gunners made a poor start at Anfield and found themselves 1-0 down after Roberto Firmino headed home from inside the Arsenal box.

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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.

Xhaka left Neville virtually speechless (Picture: Getty)

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.’

Gary Neville was left perplexed by the defending (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal fans were equally frustrated by the midfielder:

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

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