Jermaine Jenas and Andy Gray are in agreement that Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was at fault during Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, and both have suggested that he should be dropped.
With the scoreline reading 1-1 at Anfield thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Lucas Moura, Lloris opted against coming to collect a long ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold into the box.
If that was a mistake, his inability to hold Mo Salah’s weak header saw the ball bounce off of Toby Alderweireld and into the back of the Tottenham net. With 90 minutes played, it was a sucker punch for Spurs.
Jenas: “If you’re Gazzaniga, you’re wondering when you will get an opportunity. He’s had a couple of difficult seasons. He’s 32, he should be at the peak of his powers right now.
“He looks more nervous now, than when he turned up at the club. A decision needs to be made, there is a mini-league left and Spurs need to make sure that they get over the line.”
Gray: “I don’t fancy him at all. He never leaves his line. The ball in from Trent Alexander-Arnold is in the air for an eternity. Having failed to come for the ball, he spills the softest header you’ll see.
“I think Tottenham have a problem in that area.”
Lloris has certainly been playing better for France than he has at Tottenham. The World Cup-winning goalkeeper looked a different stopper between the sticks in Russia, completely different to the one who had a shaky 2017-18.
Same again this season, for Lloris. The goalkeeper has made a number of high-profile errors. Jenas has been consistent in his criticism over the past two season, urging Mauricio Pochettino to drop him.
With only a few games left, it is a difficult one for the Argentine manager. Do you stick with what you know – with a player that joined the club seven years ago for £7.9million (Independent), or do you try Gazzaniga?