Roy Keane labelled Tottenham’s full-backs Serge Aurier and Danny Rose ‘Dumb and Dumber’ after their performances in the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.
Aurier and Rose both struggled to deal with opposite numbers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson at Anfield, while Aurier gave away a penalty for a foul on Sadio Mane which led to Mo Salah scoring the winning goal from the spot.
After the game, Keane told Sky Sports: “The two Tottenham full-backs were dreadful. Dumb and Dumber, I’d call them. I thought they were really poor. You can’t compare them to Liverpool, the two lads who are absolutely fantastic.
“Particularly going forward, okay defensively there’s parts of the games they can improve on, but going forward they’re absolutely fantastic.”
Gary Neville agreed that both defenders had underperformed against the league leaders, but pointed to a lack of support from Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son in midfield, which had often left the full-backs two-on-one when out of possession.
“I didn’t think they were helped by the narrowness,” he said. “Eriksen and Son in those wide areas – Son did it a lot better than Eriksen.
“Eriksen didn’t want to be there, so it just opened up the pass all the way and they were exposed.”