Tottenham made a statement to their top four rivals on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Liverpool, but much of the post-match analysis has rightly looked at just how poor the Reds’ defending was.
The first two goals in particular will have outraged the Merseysiders’ manager, Jurgen Klopp, with Dejan Lovren at fault for both of Spurs’ opening two strikes.
So bad was the 28-year-old’s performance that he was substituted with 14 minutes left in the first half – a damning indictment of his display.
Following the game, Klopp described the second goal, and Lovren’s mistake, when speaking to Sky Sports.
“When the ball passed Dejan it was already too late. Harry’s then too quick, too powerful and in the middle Son wins the race so it was an easy goal.”
While Liverpool managed to get one back before half-time through Mohamed Salah, the entire performance wasn’t good enough and the Reds boss even questioned his players’ desire following the clash.
“Their [Tottenham’s] desire was obviously bigger than ours and the game was finished then. We played a little bit and did a few things but it’s not important – we came here for a result.”
The Reds now move onto next weekend’s clash against Huddersfield Town, a side just a point below them following their stunning win over Manchester United on Saturday.
This match should be a guaranteed three-pointer for Liverpool but given their form at present one wouldn’t be too surprised to see the Terriers claim another scalp in what has been a superb opening to the season for David Wagner’s outfit.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena