Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top 4 suffered a major blow as they crashed to their third defeat in four Premier League games to Liverpool yesterday.
Pochettino started the game with a back five and partnered Moussa Sissoko with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in midfield, with Eric Dier and Harry Winks both out with injuries.
Poch’s system didn’t work in the first half as the home side were able to exploit the space left behind, to take the lead.
The Argentine switched to a back four in the second half, first employing Vertonghen at left back, before replacing Davinson Sanchez with Son Heung-Min, thus moving Rose back to his customary left back position.
The change in system had a huge effect on the game as Tottenham started to dominate proceedings and managed to find the equalizer through Lucas Moura.
Spurs then squandered a couple of great chances to win the game before a mistake from Lloris saw Alderweireld score an own goal to hand the Reds all three points.
Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville has said after the game that Pochettino made a mistake playing Davinson Sanchez as the deepest of the three defenders, as the 22-year-old can’t be relied upon to organise the defense.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said, “The one thing about the Spurs back three is Sanchez is in the middle of it.
“I always think he’s better being up against somebody rather than being the organiser or that composed centre-back, which you always associate with that central figure. He’s not someone who can really manage that line.”
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