By Dominic Toner
Eric Dier believes that all of Tottenham’s youngsters gave a good performance on Tuesday night.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in the EFL Cup fourth-round at Anfield, with England striker Daniel Sturrdige scoring a brace.
Pochettino made 10 changes to his side as he gave the club’s youngsters and fringe players the chance to impress, with Dier the only man to retain his place from the goalless draw against Bournemouth.
Shayon Harrison, 17, made his senior debut off the bench, with fellow youngsters Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers also given a chance.
Spurs’ youthful side failed to book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition and will now focus on their Premier League and Champions League campaigns.
Dier believes that the club’s youngster proved themselves on a big stage and hopes they can build on the experience.
“All the youngsters did very well tonight. It’s a great test to come and play here at Anfield,” Dier said, as quoted by the club’s website. “It’s one of the biggest stadiums in the country with a lot of history so if you can handle yourself here then you can handle yourself anywhere really.
“It’s a great test for them and a great moment for them to play here so hopefully they can build on that.”
Dier, 22, has been a regular starter in the Spurs side in the past two seasons and is part of a young English core at the heart of Pochettino’s side.
He has made 98 appearances since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2014 from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The central midfielder is now fighting to keep his starting spot, with tough competition from Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembele.
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