Paul Merson claims Paulo Gazzaniga saved Spurs from thrashing
Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that Paulo Gazzaniga saved Tottenham Hotspur from a thrashing at Liverpool at the weekend, insisting that it could have been seven or eight at Anfield.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were beaten 2-1 by the Premier League leaders. They had actually taken the lead inside the first minute through Harry Kane. But Liverpool dominated the game and ultimately turned it around.
Gazzaniga produced a fantastic display for the visitors. But Merson insisted that Spurs cannot take any satisfaction from the result given the performance that the goalkeeper had to produce.
“I’d be so worried if I was Tottenham and I know they only got beaten 2-1, but what score could it have been? I know they had their chances and if Heung-Min Son goes round the goalkeeper and doesn’t hit the bar, it’s 2-0 and then it’s a different game but the best player on the pitch was the goalkeeper,” he told Sky Sports.
“That can’t be right if you’re a Tottenham fan. It could have been seven or eight and I’m not saying that because I played for Arsenal; it’s what I saw.”
It is difficult to gauge where Tottenham now are. They responded superbly in the Champions League last week, winning 5-0 at home.
And a 2-1 defeat away at home against a side who have dropped points in one league game this year does not look to be a terrible result. Gazzaniga did need to play remarkably well. But there are going to be plenty of goalkeepers who are even busier when they travel to Anfield.
Sunday’s clash with Everton could be much more telling. The Toffees are struggling. So a defeat at Goodison Park would be significantly more worrying for Spurs.
But a win against Marco Silva’s side would arguably hint that Tottenham are slowly turning a corner. And the loss to Liverpool was a much smaller setback than some of their previous losses this term.
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