Graeme Souness: These four Tottenham players flopped v Liverpool
By Tony Hughes
Graeme Souness has identified the Tottenham players who flopped in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Sky Sports pundit claimed striker Vincent Janssen, left-back Danny Rose and attacking midfield duo Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen all delivered below-par displays in the White Hart Lane Premier League clash.
Spurs came from behind to secure a draw but they were overrun for much of the game by Jurgen Klopp’s visiting side.
James Milner put Liverpool ahead with a first-half penalty after Erik Lamela brought down Roberto Firmino on the edge of the box.
Rose equalised for Tottenham midway through the second half as they extended their unbeaten league run to three matches.
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Liverpool legend Souness felt the combination of Janssen, a first-half substitute for the ill Kyle Walker, and Harry Kane did not work but it was not just the strikers who were off their game.
“Janssen found it difficult today, he seemed a yard off the pace needed in the Premier League,” Souness told Sky Sports’ live coverage of the match immediately afterwards. “Lamela didn’t get into the game and Eriksen didn’t get into the game much.
“For me, a lot of Tottenham’s problems came because Rose wanders too much. He’s got that fast-forward gear and the jogging one coming back.
“When they examine that they will see all their problems came in the first half down the left hand side.”
Sadio Mane was the outstanding player for Liverpool as he proved a huge threat with his pace on the right flank.
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