Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s shocking defeat to Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur remain in sixth in the Premier League after that shocking defeat to Liverpool in North London last night.

There was certainly a lot to learn from the woeful performance, so let’s take a look at the five talking points from the match:

Harry Kane injury – We wait and we pray. Tottenham cannot do without this man at the moment as the defence is not strong enough to hold up on its own. The second half against Liverpool is evidence enough of that fact.

Another chance wasted – Spurs had the chance to leapfrog both Liverpool and West Ham with a victory at home this evening, putting them up to fourth in the Premier League table. However, once again, the Lilywhites came up short when it mattered and instead lie sixth. The race for the title appears to now be a race for the top four for Spurs.

Defensive errors from Dier – Eric Dier’s movement for the Liverpool opener gets worse every time you look at it. With Mane in behind, the centre back should naturally be coming across and blocking the obvious direct path to Firmino, relying on his teammates to cover the cut-back. Unfortunately, Dier seemed to lose track of the Liverpool forward and simply allowed the ball to role across his body.

Promising signs from Joe Rodon – One of the silver linings of the result was Joe Rodon’s performance. It seems as if the young Welshman gets better with every match at the moment. That last-ditch challenge the prevent a goal in the first half could prove to be a defining moment for the central defender, with every other centre-back at Spurs coming up short of late. His huge mistake for the third goal served as a reminder to his inexperience, but positive signs.

Reguilon a huge miss – Sergio Reguilon was always going to be a big miss but it was perhaps even worse than we feared. Matt Doherty gave the ball away time and time again against the reigning champions, while also offering absolutely nothing going forward. It was always a tough ask to have the out-of-form right-back play on the left side and it probably went as we all expected it to.

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  1. Slow, slow, slow and slower, this non-performance was an embarrassment for anyone with half a brain. Lack of football intelligence said it all with a defence that played it back for most of the 90 minutes and forlorn passing: “Forlorn Hope” straight out of Sharpe the tv series.


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