Tottenham Hotspur fell to a deflated 3-1 defeat against Liverpool this evening in the Premier League, wasting a prime chance to go up to fourth in the table.
Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on in this frustrating loss:
Hugo Lloris – 3 – Made some really nice early stops and came off his line to prevent a good Salah chance. Unfortunately, a mix-up with Eric Dier cost Spurs at the end of the first half. That save from Liverpool’s second was also very poor. First bad game in a long while.
Serge Aurier – 3 – Really struggled to contain Mane, although part of that came down to the formation. With Aurier at wing-back, Mane simply parked himself between the Ivorian and Rodon. Allowed him to get in behind far too easily. Not sure why he came off though.
Joe Rodon – 6 – The best player on the pitch for Spurs in the first half and certainly the best defender overall. That last-ditch challenge was a work of art. Looks really promising in a Spurs shirt but that error for Liverpool’s third is a reminder of his lack of experience.
Eric Dier – 2 – Should be dominating proceedings in that back three but seemed to just get lost over and over again. Why he was trying to shield that ball from Mane rather than blocking Firmino or getting a boot on it, I will never know. Sloppy for the second goal too.
Ben Davies – 3 – Played Mane on for the opener but the problem was more about tracking the runner. Davies was one of the better defenders in the first-half but hopeless in the second.
Matt Doherty – 2 – Mourinho took a risk playing five at the back to get Aurier and Doherty up the pitch. Doherty has been struggling at right-back all season so putting him on his weak foot went about as well as you would expect. Gave the ball away all day long.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7 – Actually demonstrated some nice stuff in midfield, despite being completely suffocated by Liverpool players. Seemed to be the only one still fighting at the end. What a goal too.
Tanguy Ndombele – 5 – Crowded out in the first half and couldn’t get anything going in the second 45.
Steven Bergwijn – 5 – Made a few nice runs in behind, although the long balls were often overhit. It’s a difficult role for Bergwijn in this Mourinho side and I’m afraid he is going to have to keep plugging away. Nice work for Hojbjerg’s goal.
Heung-min Son – 6 – Looked really dangerous on the break in the opening 25 minutes and took his chance well, albeit offside by an inch. Disappeared after that though.
Harry Kane – 6 – Kane was dictating the game for a period in the first half, finding Sonny in behind for fun. Seemed to drift away a bit after picking up those two ankle knocks then came off at half-time.
Erik Lamela – 3 – Came on at half time but didn’t create anything.
Harry Winks – 4 – Never got up to pace with the game.
Gareth Bale – N/A
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