Neville and Redknapp agree on ‘selfish’ Romero as Nagelsmann warned

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Gary Neville has joined Jamie Redknapp in ripping into Tottenham Hotspur defensive duo Cristian Romero and Eric Dier after Sunday’s 4-3 defeat against Liverpool. The pair had another first-half to forget at Anfield with a display that would have made Julian Nagelsmann grimace.

By the 15th minute on Merseyside, Spurs had conceded their 14th goal in just over three games as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Mason’s side fought back and looked set to secure a stunning 3-3 draw in stoppage time before a Lucas Moura mistake helped Diogo Jota net an incredible 94th-minute winner in front of the Kop.

It looked to be a repeat of the disaster at Newcastle United earlier in the month in the first half, though, as Romero carelessly fouled Cody Gakpo to concede a penalty, which Mohamed Salah gratefully converted to give the hosts a three-goal lead.

Addressing the penalty on Sky Sports, Redknapp slammed the Argentine’s recent form as ‘diabolical’ after his latest rash decision costed Spurs.

And Neville agreed with his fellow pundit after full-time, extending his criticism to Dier, labelling the duo as an ‘absolute shambles.’

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The former Manchester United defender also suggested Romero was selfish in not thinking about working alongside his backline but instead trying to make himself look better.

He told the Gary Neville Podcast: “You’d have to go a long way to see two defenders have as bad a week as Eric Dier and Romero – they are all over the place. Absolute shambles they are at the back.

“The lack of composure from Romero is staggering, and the choice of charging out by Dier, with his experience, he’s done it two or three times in this game already, and he shakes his head.

“When he first got in the team, Romero, I thought he looked calm and composed, but there’s something just triggered in his mind – he’s trying to win every ball, he goes running into areas.

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“What you have to remember when you’re going to be like that – when you’re going be that rash – you’re making it incredibly difficult for the players alongside you because then they’ll have no idea what you’re going to do as a defender.

“That’s how you look at good defenders or good defensive partnerships – they understand each other. He’s not thinking about his teammates right now. He’s just trying to look good.

“Sometimes fans see that and go, ‘Oh look at him, he’s showing aggression, he’s trying to win the ball.’

“No, you need to think, ‘You’re not thinking about your team. You’re letting your teammates down with performances like that.'”

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