Rio Ferdinand has questioned Jermaine Jenas’ claim that Hugo Lloris is a world-class goalkeeper following the Frenchman’s performance in Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Thursday.
Lloris has been in fine form for the past 12 months, with Jose Mourinho previously labelling him as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and suggesting that he is among the top three in world football.
However, the Tottenham captain made a couple of poor errors either side of half-time that allowed Liverpool to race into the two-goal lead on Thursday.
For the Reds’ first goal, the 33-year-old failed to communicate Eric Dier and cut out what was a straight forward ball across the face of goal by Sadio Mane, thus allowing Roberto Firmino to tap the ball into an empty net.
For Liverpool’s second goal, Lloris parried Mane’s shot straight into the path of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the England defender finding the bottom corner.
While analysing Liverpool’s second goal, Jenas said on BT Sport 1 (10:09 pm, January 28, 2021): “This was the poorest goal of the lot, I would say. I know Rodon’s a big mistake, but like that from a world-class goalkeeper.”
Ferdinand responded: “World-class? I think you are doing him a favour.”
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Lloris has always been up there with the best shot-stoppers in world football and he has recently also eliminated the lapses in concentration he occasionally used to suffer from. It would be incredibly harsh to jump on the Frenchman’s back after just one bad performance.
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