Dier denies Spurs soft centre

14 February 2017 15:23:11 EST

Eric Dier has defended Tottenham's mentality in the wake of their weekend defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, after which their ability to win away against top teams was questioned.

Spurs record away from home against the teams currently in the top six has brought them only one win from 15 games under Mauricio Pochettino.

Sadio Mane scored both goals as Liverpool eased past Spurs on Merseyside, the Reds winning a game in the Premier League for the first time in 2017.

We definitely weren't in the right frame of mind and didn't have the right attitude on Saturday.

Eric Dier

After their Anfield setback, some pundits suggested Tottenham lacked the belief to go to grounds like Anfield and churn our three points.

England midfielder Dier suggests that is unfair, although he concedes their attitude against Liverpool was all wrong.

"I don't think you can say this is a timid team, especially in the position we were in last year and what we did last year," Dier told Sky Sports.

"I don't think you could call us timid. We definitely weren't in the right frame of mind and didn't have the right attitude on Saturday. So everyone is very disappointed about that and it doesn't sit well with us."

Spurs were Leicester's nearest pursuers last season for much of the title run-in but their form collapsed near the end of the season and they eventually finished third.

They are now ten points behind Chelsea, despite the Blues slipping up at Burnley on Sunday. Spurs are 20/1 to win the title and Dier insist they are not giving up.

"We've always maintained we're going to give everything in the competition, so you never know what can happen. It will be a very tough task."

Spurs are now 1/8 to finish in the top four for this season while they are 4/11 to win their next league match at home to Stoke.

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