When Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson received an errant back-pass on the byline to the right of his goal, there was no teammate available for a pass and an opponent was bearing down on him quickly.
It looked an obvious next play for the Brazil international: Make the clearance and let the team regroup as it looked to see out a hard-fought game away to Leicester in the English Premier League.
That's not the way for a modern ball-playing goalkeeper, though.
Instead, Alisson attempted to drag the ball back between his legs to outsmart Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, got it caught in his feet, was dispossessed, and ended up conceding a goal in embarrassing fashion.
The mistake didn't cost Liverpool, which held on to win 2-1 and maintain its 100 per cent start to the season, but it did highlight the dangers of coaches asking goalkeepers to use their feet as much as their hands these days.
"I'm not going to be stupid and make the same mistake. We have to learn from our mistakes," Alisson said after letting in a goal for the first time since joining Liverpool in July for $85 million (NZD $131 million) — then a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
"It is part of my game but I am not going to be arrogant to stand here and say I'm going to keep doing it."
Expect, however, other Premier League goalkeepers to continue with the risk-taking. Other ball-playing goalkeepers include Manchester City's Ederson Moraes and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. Arsenal's Petr Cech is age 36 and he has already acknowledged teething problems after being asked, for the first time in his career, to play the ball out from the back this season by new coach Unai Emery.
Despite Alisson's error, Liverpool stayed top thanks to first-half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and is one of two teams on 12 points from four games. Chelsea is the other after beating Bournemouth 2-0 at home.
Manchester City, the defending champion, beat Newcastle 2-1 to remain two points off the pace.