Gary Neville names four Liverpool players that have ‘got to do better’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Spurs win

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has named four Liverpool players who have ‘got to do better’ after Tottenham Hotspur drew back to 3-3 before Diogo Jota capitalised on a late defensive error. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked out of sight scoring three goals within 15 minutes before Neville says defensive errors allowed Spurs to almost steal a point.

A week after being torn apart 6-1 at Newcastle troubled Spurs faced another drumming as Curtis Jones and Luis Diaz scored for Liverpool inside five minutes before Mo Salah’s 15th minute penalty looked to have put Liverpool out of sight. However, as the first half wore on Spurs found weaknesses in the Liverpool side and had several chances before Harry Kane pulled a goal back.

Son Heung-Min set-up a grandstand finish with a second Spurs goal and Richarlison completed a dramatic fightback in the 93rd minute. Liverpool’s blushes were saved a minute later when Jota went up the other end to score a late equaliser, but Neville sill highlighted weaknesses in the Klopp’s side.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast the pundit highlighted a tactical weakness which saw wing-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robrtson pressing forward and leaving Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk exposed. He said: “Kanate on that right hand side had a nightmare today from 40 minutes in.”

Neville was then asked how much that was down to the fact Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t playing as a normal right-back? The pundit added: “You have to connect the two. They can’t keep papering over he cracks, they’ve got to deal with it properly. Every chance that Tottenham had felt like it came down that right hand side.

“I love Trent on the ball, I love when he gets on the ball centrally and on the right hand side. But you can’t expect, unless they were going into a back three and Robertson was tucking around and allowing Konate to go onto that side. But they’re not going into a back three, Robertson is flying forward as well. You are expecting Konate to play right-back and right centre back and that’s too big on an ask. It can be done, but if you’re not quite right or having the right season and you’re conceding goals then it just doesn’t work like that.

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Neville highlighted the whole of the back Liverpool four, including Konate and Van Dijk, as the reason Spurs got back into the game and said that the Reds aren’t confident enough for their wing-back system. He added: “You’ve got to be at the very top of your game to get away with it and Liverpool just aren’t at that at this moment in time.

“They’ve (defenders) got to do better than that and I hold them completely responsible today. They were all over the place at the back and allowed Tottenham back into the game. Tottenham were lucky today that they weren’t playing against a confident Liverpool defence and a confident Liverpool team or they would have been pulled apart here by six, seven or eight goals.”

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