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Tottenham produced a woeful performance as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday – their first match after the international break.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were below par, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side were the authors of their own downfall as they set up a whole host of chances that the Reds failed to take.
Had Jurgen Klopp’s men been more clinical, they would have won by an even greater margin.
Spurs had seven players in their starting XI that were involved in the World Cup in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia over the summer.
Liverpool, meanwhile, had just one player who began the Wembley clash who was involved in the Three Lions’ participation in the last-four of the same tournament.
But Shearer believes it is too simplistic to blame the World Cup for the dreadful display shown by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“They [Spurs] can’t use that as an excuse for that performance,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“There were so many players off form today.
“You look at Harry [Kane], Christian [Eriksen] and Eric [Dier] were off.
“I can only use my experience coming back from Euro 96, coming back from a high, I couldn’t wait to start the season again.”
Shearer also believes alarm bells should be ringing for the north London outfit.
He added: “The main worry for Tottenham was that Liverpool weren’t even at their very best.
“They probably should have scored six or seven.
“When Pochettino questioned their commitment after Watford, you thought they would be right at it!
“There were so many mistakes and glaring mistakes from every player.
“Liverpool should have a field day and their pressing at times was excellent.
“They pressed Tottenham into mistakes.”
Liverpool and Chelsea are the only two teams left with 100 per cent winning starts to the campaign, as Watford slipped up at home to Manchester United on Saturday, losing 2-1.