Tottenham latest: Two senior Spurs players on Sherwood punch-up rumours…

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Tottenham Hotspur dropped a convincing loss to Liverpool on Sunday and manager Tim Sherwood was forced to respond to increasingly vocal fan detractors who believe the North London coach should not be watching from the director's box, but from the dugout, seemingly bossed by Les Ferdinand, instead.

In the past, Sherwood has been insistent that it is for the good of the team, yet an own goal from Younes Kaboul, a 25th minute strike from Luis Suarez and second half goals from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson saw Spurs sink to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

"They [critics] are entitled to have an opinion. I have sat up there for the last few games and I get a better view of the game. It’s a learning curve for me because when the team is not going so well they want to see you but they know me well enough to know I am not shirking any responsibility," Sherwood is quoted by The Telegraph to have said.

"I am in it with the team. It’s my responsibility as well as the guys on the pitch. At 2-0 and the game going away and then 3-0, I am going to learn more from my players from sitting up there and having a good look at it, rather than getting involved and maybe getting myself in trouble of the touchline.

"You have seen enough of me ranting and raving, but it’s time for me to start assessing and taking a step back and looking what we need to do for the future, because our performances against teams in the top four and the teams above us have not been good enough, so I learned a lot there today."

This morning, however, Sherwood may once again be forced to respond to an issue - but not to do with where he views matches, but his actions afterwards.

Rumours fast developed throughout social media that there was an apparent "bust-up" in the Spurs dressing-room after the Liverpool loss, with either Danny Rose or Michael Dawson the victim in a punch thrown by Sherwood.

Two senior Lilywhites have responded.

Roberto Soldado said on Instagram: "[It was a] bad game today and our options to reach the Champions League [for next season have] decreased! It is time now, more than ever, to fight together. Rumors do not benefit at all, and everything that has been said is absolutely false - COYS!"

Aaron Lennon, meanwhile, Tweeted: "The rumours about the boss hitting someone are b*******. [It is] crazy how powerful Twitter is."

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