Tottenham Hotspur have spoken frequently about needing to bolster their leaky defense in recent weeks, but striker Harry Kane said it’s time to put words into action after they unleashed early goals again on Sunday.
Liverpool led 3-0 in 15 minutes at Anfield and as Tottenham equalized the hosts at 3-3, Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time strike handed the Merseyside club a 4-3 win.
Spurs conceded five in the first 21 minutes of a 6-1 rout at Newcastle United and fell behind after just seven minutes in Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Kane said their performance in the early stages of Sunday’s match showed they hadn’t learned their lesson.
“It’s not the first time it’s happened this season. We need to start to understand the big games better,” he told Sky Sports.
“We have shown that we can return to games and to do so here at Anfield shows what we are capable of, but to have the starts that we have had is hard to put into words and is unacceptable.
“There are so many words you can use, the bottom line is you have to go out there and show that that’s not the case.”
Interim coach Ryan Mason said the players had to be ready from the first whistle.
“If you’re not ready to start games with full intensity, you’re going to concede goals and to be 3-0 down after that time is tough,” Mason told the BBC.
“The way we concede the last goal makes it impossible to take. I need to talk to the players about it, we need to address it and do it quickly.”