Tottenham News – Roy Keane Critical Of Tottenham Full Backs
Tottenham Hotspur eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. That means Liverpool recovered the six-point lead that they had at the top of the league from the beginning of the weekend.
Harry Kane had put Tottenham ahead in that game after just 47 seconds. But Liverpool struck back with goals from Jordan Henderson before a Mohamed Salah penalty gave the Reds all three points.
It was a day where the full-backs were the narrative for the action, and both sides saw contrasting performances.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were once again outstanding and delivered a fine outlet for their attacks.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Serge Aurier struggled throughout; with the latter giving away the spot-kick for the match-defining moment.
Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane was extremely critical of the Spurs full-backs after the match and launched a stinging assault on their performances and their character.
The former Manchester United captain said: “The two Tottenham full-backs were dreadful. Dumb and Dumber, I’d call them. I thought they were really poor. You can’t compare them to Liverpool, the two lads who are absolutely fantastic.
“Particularly going forward, okay defensively there are parts of the games they can improve on, but going forward they’re absolutely fantastic.”
That sentiment was echoed by Gary Neville, but he also believed that Mauricio Pochettino should take some share of the blame for the tactics that he deployed in the defeat.
Neville claimed: “I didn’t think they were helped by the narrowness,” he said. “Eriksen and Son in those wide areas – Son did it a lot better than Eriksen.
“Eriksen didn’t want to be there, so it just opened up the pass all the way, and they were exposed.”
Neville, who was England and United’s right-back for the duration of his career, went on to claim that the sky could be the limit for Alexander-Arnold.
But, he reiterated that he will still need to sort out the defensive side of his game after being at fault for the Tottenham opener.
Neville said: “Liverpool’s full-backs are quite simply sensational. Trent Alexander-Arnold is amazing. From the moment I laid eyes on him in that first game at Old Trafford, his temperament was amazing. To be thrown in during that game, he was outstanding from minute one.
“But now, he’s getting to a point where he’s one of the best full-backs I’ve ever seen going forward – his passing is unbelievable.
But the three Tottenham chances today, the Son one where he hits the bar he should’ve been nearer, the goal he should’ve stopped him coming inside, and the Rose one at the end, he got caught and dived in.
“He’s got to become as serious about his defending as he is about his attacking, and you’ve got a world-class full-back there.
“Today, Tottenham could have scored two or three, and he could’ve been sat on a losing team or a team that drew because of his defensive play. If he looks at that, it’s an epitome of what his game is.”
Ex-Liverpool player and manager, Graeme Souness also agreed with Neville. He said: “Trent’s five years younger than Andy Robertson, he’s not the finished article when it comes to defending, but has he learned in the last couple of years that part of his game?
“Maybe it’s because he spends so much time on the front foot. They’ve got such good players around him, that he’s not asked to do much at the other end, but it will cost them at times.”
Liverpool remains the favourites in the betting for the Premier League title, but the pendulum could be swung next weekend when the Reds take on Aston Villa away from home.