‘Self-destruct’ – Tottenham player criticised for role in Liverpool defeat

Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier has been lambasted by commentator Jim Beglin for an error he made during the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool yesterday.

An abysmal start to the match saw Spurs concede three goals in 15 minutes, with the Lilywhites defence yet again breached with ease by quickfire attacks from the opposition.

It seemed a repeat of the crushing defeat at Newcastle was on the cards, but thankfully Tottenham were able to drag themselves back into the game.

It even appeared a draw was on the cards after Richarlison’s injury time equaliser, but Liverpool stole all three points at the death.

Fans were lifted by Tottenham’s second half display and the fighting spirit shown by many in the team. Regardless, there is no hiding the fact that a catalogue of issues were on show at Anfield yesterday, most notably at the back.

One such incident in the first half involved Dier giving the ball away in a dangerous area, despite being under no pressure from Liverpool attackers.

The mistake did not lead to a goal, but could easily have added to Tottenham’s misery on the day.

Seeing Dier concede possession so easily, Jim McNamara said in his Premier League Productions commentary: “What was Dier thinking there?”

Beglin then responded: “I can remember last week (against Newcastle), Dier trying to bring some sort of voice to what was going wrong at the back. But he himself now is making terrible errors here. They’re not helping themselves, it’s a self-destruct at times.”

Eric Dier
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Spurs Web Opinion

Eric Dier is having a torrid time at the moment. He’s struggling in possession, is lackadaisical when marking his opponents, and even managed to miss a sitter against Manchester United in midweek.

He’s an experienced player who should be leading by example right now, but he’s proving to be a real weakness in our side.

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