Liverpool coach admits Spurs ‘hurt’ them in 4-0 thrashing

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Liverpool Under-23 coach Neil Critchley was full of praise for their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts.

Wayne Burnett’s side demolished Liverpool 4-0 in the opening match of the Premier League 2 campaign.

Tottenham lead 1-0 at half time courtesy of an eighth minute goal from Kaziah Sterling, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Sunderland.

A fine save from Spurs keeper Brandon Austin helped to keep the Reds at bay going into the break which proved to be crucial.

Clinical finishing from Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Shilow Tracey along with a penalty from Sterling rounded off an emphatic victory against a Liverpool side that included their recent signing from Fulham Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster.

The win was Tottenham’s biggest in Division 1 win since March 2017 (Premier League).

Spurs will be looking to continue their impressive start when they host Manchester City at the new stadium on Friday evening with kick-off at 7pm.

Critchley told Liverpool’s official website: “We got off to the worst possible start and it was a poor goal to concede (from Sterling). We gradually got better and had a couple of decent chances.

“Their goalkeeper (Austin) pulled off a fantastic save from Rhian (Brewster) and Elijah Dixon-Bonner had a really good chance with a header which he probably should have done better with.

“We were on top at 1-0 down but we couldn’t get that goal and they got it and then our ending to the game was really disappointing to be honest. The old saying goes unfortunately and goals change games.

“Tottenham have got some really good players and we know they can hurt you on the break. I think if we had scored to make it 1-1 then I honestly do think the game would have been different.”

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