Jermaine Jenas said earlier in the week that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino should drop Hugo Lloris after his error against Liverpool – but the Spurs boss has stated he will start the goalkeeper on Wednesday.
Tottenham captain Lloris, 32, was at fault as Spurs failed to salvage a point at Anfield on Sunday. He dropped Mo Salah’s header, which saw Toby Alderweireld inadvertently score an own goal.
It is not his first mistake this season. Jenas told Match of the Day: ” If you’re [Paulo] Gazzaniga, you’re wondering when you will get an opportunity. He looks more nervous now [Lloris], than when he turned up at the club.”
However, Pochettino spoke about Lloris’ error and once again backed the World Cup-winning France captain. He told media – as quoted by BBC Sport – that he would start against Crystal Palace at the new stadium.
“He is my captain, he is one of the best keepers in the world,” Pochettino said. “That is not in doubt. Hugo is one of the best and he is going to be in goal tomorrow. It is a situation that is so painful because we deserved more.
“We have to be strong and back our players. Hugo is going to be great for us and will be one of the most important players for the future of the club.”
It is quickly forgotten by many the good that Lloris produces consistently. The former Lyon goalkeeper produced a wonderful save to deny Trent Alexander-Arnold, tipping over the bar.
He had little he could do about Roberto Firmino’s opener, with Spurs’ centre-backs nowhere to be seen. Lloris has still managed 12 clean sheets in 33 games, conceding 35 goals.
Gazzaniga is a top back-up keeper. But he is some way away from the quality and consistency of Lloris. The £7.9million signing (Independent) has churned out 287 games for Spurs, and remains crucial for the north Londoners.