Martin Keown believes Dejan Lovren will be questioning whether he’ll ever wear the Liverpool shirt again after his Wembley horror show.
The central-defender was dragged off by Jurgen Klopp and replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 31st minute having been the main culprit for Tottenham’s early 2-0 lead.
His failure to track Harry Kane’s run led to the striker opening the scoring for the hosts after five minutes, before his misjudged attempt to beat Kane to a header quickly resulted in Heung Min Son doubling his side’s lead.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Keown said: “That’s a long walk back for him, sitting on the bench, wondering if his Liverpool career is over.”
Discussing the first goal, the Arsenal legend was also critical of Simon Mignolet’s erratic run off his line.
He added: “He (Lovren) is too deep, he should be there. The ball is played, it’s slow reaction, he looks at the linesman and he can’t believe what’s going on.”
“The goalkeeper kills everyone, he’s come flying out, and Harry Kane does a brilliant job.”
As for the second goal, Keown said: “This one is about being calm, staying goal side, but it’s like somebody fires him out of a gun. I think this is as a result of the first mistake, he wasn’t lively enough, but he’s too lively here. He flies out of position.”
There would be no arguments were Klopp to drop the Croatian for the remainder of the season, nor would Reds oppose the idea of him being sold in January.
A ruthless change needs to be made, in order to prevent an ugly situation somehow becoming even worse.
Ninth in the Premier League is a worrying sight for Klopp and Liverpool, who now face the pressure of upcoming games against opponents they will be expected to beat in Huddersfield, Maribor and West Ham.