Tottenham Hotspur could not build on their outstanding North London derby win when they came up against Liverpool on Tuesday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side slipping to a 3-2 defeat.
In-form front-man Harry Kane netted his 23rd goal of the season while the impressive Mousa Dembele also got on the score-sheet, but Liverpool won it courtesy of goals from Lazar Markovic, Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli.
When Tottenham came up against Arsenal, one of their most impressive performers was Eric Dier, who was surprisingly selected in the heart of Spurs’ defence ahead of Federico Fazio.
The young Englishman justified his place, but how did he do a few days later when he was selected again, this time against Liverpool?
As you can see from the statistics below, Dier saw his performance dip in four key areas.
His passing accuracy was less than it was against the Gunners, while he made less effective clearances, less effective headed clearances and won less tackles.
|Match||Passing Accuracy||Tackles Won||Duels Won||Aerials Won||Interceptions Won||Effective Clearances||Effective Headed Clearances||Mins Played|
|Eric Dier||Tottenham vs Arsenal||76%||1||2||1||1||5||4||90|
|Eric Dier||Liverpool vs Tottenham||74%||0||2||2||4||2||1||90|
The Tottenham youngster did however equal the amount of duels won against the Gunners, while there were two areas where he actually performed better against Liverpool than a few days earlier.
The 21-year-old won more aerial duels and made considerably more interceptions on Tuesday evening; however he was unable to prevent his side from losing a match they would have been desperate to win.
But is has to be said that while Dier saw his performance dip slightly from that heady day at White Hart Lane last weekend, his presence in Tottenham's back-line suggests Fazio may now struggle to find his way back into the side.
Dier adds pace to Pochettino's back-line, and even a slightly below-par performance showed plenty of positives for a player who is clearly embracing his first season in North London.