Tottenham Hotspur debutant Japhet Tanganga claims that he had no fear facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool yesterday.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho gave Tanganga his debut against the Premier League leaders, which is a difficult task. However, Tanganga claims that he had no fear going into the match.
“The gaffer mentioned something on Tuesday. He asked me if I want to play, I said ‘Yeah’, he said ‘You wont be scared?’, I said ‘No, I wont be scared’,” Tanganga revealed, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“Then we did a bit of shape two or three days before the game and I thought, ‘Yeah I’m in the team’.
“The boys have been excellent, cheering me on, encouraging me and letting me know it is just another game.
“As much as it is my debut, as much as I am playing against probably the best team in the league right now, it doesn’t matter.
“They were just great, I am grateful for the manager having trust in me.”
That fearless attitude counted for little, as Liverpool were 1-0 victors away from home thanks to Roberto Firmino’s first-half strike. Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table is now 16 points, meaning many believe the title race is over.
Klopp’s side deserve more respect than having a debutant claiming that he did not fear them. Sure, it is great to have confidence, but perhaps that is something Tanganga should have kept to himself.
Of course, he had to be tell Mourinho he did not fear Liverpool as he wanted to play, but that is a conversation that he could have kept to himself.
Tanganga was coming up against forwards such as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. That should be enough to rattle any debutant in defence.
Liverpool’s upcoming Premier League clash is at Anfield against Manchester United next weekend.
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