Tottenham Hotspur continued their shaky run of latest Premier League kind in opposition to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with Antonio Conte’s aspect dropping out 2-1 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As is turning into one thing of an undesirable trait of Spurs’, the Italian’s aspect as soon as once more discovered themselves behind on the break – one thing that was additionally the case within the 3-2 win over AFC Bournemouth and the 2-1 victory over Olympique de Marseille – with Mohamed Salah’s brace giving the Reds a two-goal lead with 45 minutes gone.
Nonetheless, as has additionally been the case in latest weeks, Tottenham regarded like a very totally different aspect upon their return for the second half.
Though, regardless of Harry Kane halving the deficit on the 70-minute mark, the north London outfit couldn’t repeat their comeback victories in opposition to the Cherries and OM, with the ultimate rating ending 2-1.
It will seem that Spurs’ gradual begin to fixtures is turning into an more and more pricey downside for Conte, one thing that centre-back Eric Dier performed a large half in on Sunday afternoon.
Certainly, the 28-year-old appeared largely at fault for Salah’s first on the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, with the defender inexplicably being sucked in direction of the ball as Andrew Robertson was about to ship a cross, one thing that resulted in Darwin Nunez being left free within the Spurs field.
When the left-back’s cross subsequently discovered Nunez, Dier’s poor positioning afforded the striker the time to show unchallenged in an extremely harmful space.
With each Clement Lenglet and Ben Davies transferring over to cowl for Dier, this then created area for Salah, with the Uruguayan ahead selecting out the 30-year-old with ease, earlier than the Egyptian fired past Hugo Lloris to offer the victors the lead.
The £28.5m-rated defender’s error for the second was somewhat extra clear-cut, with Dier’s tried header again to Lloris being simply intercepted by Salah, with the Liverpool hitman making no mistake when one-on-one to offer his aspect a two-goal benefit.
And, finally, these two errors by the £85k-per-week centre-back – who Rio Ferdinand as soon as dubbed “criminal” – are what price Spurs a consequence on Sunday afternoon – with the England worldwide’s efficiency in opposition to Liverpool doubtlessly having blown his probabilities of securing a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the Qatar World Cup later this month.