Martin Keown warns Tottenham they must grow up, questions Eric Dier's best position

Martin Keown

Tottenham Hotspur have been criticised by pundit Martin Keown.

Tottenham's Eric Dier during trainingTottenham's Eric Dier during training

Pundit Martin Keown has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that Tottenham need to 'grow up' – and criticised Eric Dier.

Spurs went to Anfield last week to take on Liverpool, and having been unbeaten in nine Premier League games, they headed to Merseyside full of confidence – especially against a Reds side who had won just once in 2017.

Jurgen Klopp's men produced a superb first-half display though, as two quickfire goals from Sadio Mane handed the Reds a 2-0 lead, and that's how it stayed as Liverpool claimed a 2-0 victory.

That was Tottenham's third league defeat of the season, and they have all come away at top four rivals; Chelsea, Manchester United and now Liverpool.

Those defeats have raised question marks about Tottenham's ability to beat their rivals away from home, as Mauricio Pochettino has won just once away at a current top six side since becoming Spurs manager.

Now, pundit Martin Keown has had his say on Tottenham's fortunes, telling BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that they are in danger of throwing away all their good work.

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Keown believes it's time for Tottenham's to grow up and grind out results, especially with Manchester City and Manchester United resurgent in recent weeks.

The former Arsenal defender also singled out Eric Dier for his performance against Liverpool, suggesting that the 23-year-old isn't really sure of his best position right now, and must be smarter if he is playing at centre back rather than in holding midfield.

"Tottenham really let themselves down," said Keown. "The likes of Dier, who is a good player, taking liberties in possession. Is he a centre half? Does he play in a three? When you're a centre half, you can't take that kind of time on the ball. You wondered about their characteristics last year, mentally, when they couldn't win the Premier League," said Keown. It looked like nothing else mattered, and they just tumbled down the table, and let Arsenal sneak into second place - is that happening all over again?"

"Is Pochettino thinking 'look, there needs to be some resolve from my players, if we can't finish first, we finish second'? They're going to throw all their good work away here, because there's such a concertina effect at the top of the Premier League. You've got Manchester United now, they're all marching behind now, and all these teams are together, and you're going to have to grow up a little bit. Tottenham can't worry about not winning it," he added.

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