Tottenham have a crippling problem as they have habitually started to concede the first goal in matches in recent weeks. Liverpool have endured the same issue since the end of the last campaign and have fallen down the Premier League table this season as a result. And Spurs boss Antonio Conte must fix things if he wants his side to compete for silverware.
Spurs lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as they were dumped out of the competition in the third round. Renan Lodi opened the scoring for the hosts five minutes into the second half, before Jesse Lingard wrapped up the victory just before the hour mark. And the result means the Lilywhites have won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions.
More worrying for Conte, perhaps, is the fact Tottenham have conceded the first goal in their last five domestic matches. And they are unequivocally giving themselves too much to do to pick up the results they want.
Tottenham conceded the first goal during their Premier League defeats to Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. And they went 2-0 down to Bournemouth at the end of last month before coming back to win the match 3-2.
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And their worrying trend of conceding the first goal stretches back to the last month of the last campaign, as they fell behind to Villarreal in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, before repeating the unwanted feat in Premier League matches against Tottenham, Southampton and Wolves.
In fact, before the start of November, the Reds had conceded the first goal in 16 of their last 23 matches. And that has proved to be too big a hindrance for even Klopp to overcome in many encounters.
Tottenham need to nip their current run in the bud before it derails their season and sends them on the same trajectory as Liverpool. So Conte will be under pressure to come up with the answers while the world is focused on international football.