Five observations from Spurs' capitulation at Liverpool

Tottenham suffered another embarrassing defeat to a side above them, losing 4-0 to title challengers Liverpool.

Kaboul had an absolute nightmare

Just as he was getting some games under his belt, the Frenchman displayed every reason NOT to give him a new contract in the summer. A laughable own goal, losing Suarez for the second goal, booked for a terrible challenge on Daniel Sturridge, and then gifting the ball for Suarez's header that hit the woodwork. Kaboul will likely have to really raise the bar in his side's remaining games to win a new deal.

Sherwood's mind games backfired spectacularly

In the lead up to the game Sherwood had been making an attempt to get under the skin of Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team by claiming both that the side may not be able to deal with the pressure of the occasion and also that the Liverpool defence was an area Spurs could get at. Given Liverpool's immediately superb showing and their outstanding defensive resilience to the little Spurs offered, perhaps Sherwood should focus more on his own team in the lead up to their next big game.

And his tactics were just as poorly realised

Which is something that certainly needed some attention. Once again that Spurs high line was exposed by an opposing team, while Tottenham's two supposed 'holding midfielders' are certainly not of the calibre of Sandro, Dembele, Paulinho or Capoue, two of which were on the bench. The entire midfield lacked the pressing skills necessary to interrupt Liverpool's possession, and Soldado wasn't the right front man to occupy the home defence. Quite how Sherwood felt this side would better Liverpool no-one knows.

There is something seriously wrong with Tottenham's defending

Tottenham have made 16 errors leading to goals this season, which is more than any other Premier League side. Two more mistakes against Liverpool really indicates that their entire defence needs re-evaluating come the summer, with central defensive reinforcements brought in alongside a new left-back. Danny Rose has failed to convince that he is a top four fullback, which is the kind of player needed if Spurs are to fare better next year.

Odds are shortening on Sherwood being Tottenham manager next year

The former Blackburn man has been unable to turn around Tottenham's form under Andre Villas-Boas. For the entire match at Anfield the ex-Blackburn captain sat in the stands watching his side capitulate to a side they finished comfortably above last year, only occasionally on the mobile to presumably the Spurs bench. It was the actions of a man who had no remedy for what he was seeing, and you have to wonder whether the players, not to mention the fans, want to see someone so detached from the game. With rumours of Louis van Gaal arriving after the World Cup getting stronger and stronger, maybe he knows the writing is on the wall already.

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