Tottenham v Liverpool: Match in pictures
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho “roasted” Matt Doherty throughout the loss to Liverpool on Thursday, according to European football expert Julien Laurens. ESPN reporter Laurens was at the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners to end their five-match wait for a Premier League victory.
Doherty, who joined from Wolves last summer for a fee of around £14.7million, has been starved of league starts in recent weeks.
The Republic of Ireland international began the match against Liverpool at left wing-back.
At half time, Serge Aurier was substituted and Doherty moved to his more preferred position on the right.
That meant he was on the side of the dugouts throughout the game.
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And Laurens claims Mourinho made his feelings clear about Doherty’s performance.
“Jose roasted Matt Doherty for most of the game, for all the mistakes,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“Even Joe Rodon, who is a young player, young centre-back, ‘what are you doing?’.
“He kept saying to Doherty: ‘Matty, where are you going? What are you doing?’.
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“Doherty was all over the place and it didn’t help that he made that mistake on the second goal. Jose absolutely destroyed him.”
Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane condemned Spurs to defeat.
But Mourinho was impressed with his side’s first-half showing, claiming they were unfortunate to go into the break 1-0 down.
Mourinho said: “I believe it was a very good, solid performance in the first half, with two mistakes, one in the first minute, one in the last minute.
“The mistake in the last minute took us to half-time at 1-0, then at half-time we lose Harry [Kane], and we come into the second half with good ambition, good determination, again, a defensive mistake brings the 2-0.
“Again, good spirit, good reaction, Pierre [Emile Hojbjerg]’s goal, I think he reflects the spirit of the team, and again, when you are dominating, when you are in the opposition half, another mistake, unfortunately this time from a boy in Joe who for me played, so, so well. Again, punished by our own mistakes.
“But everything went wrong at the end of the first half. We shouldn’t go in losing at half-time, not at all.
“I think we were really good, solid and confident in the first half, so to go 1-0 down, not easy, to lose Harry Kane, not easy.”
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