Jose Mourinho has confirmed Joe Rodon will not be dropped despite his costly mistake in Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had given Spurs hope of a second half comeback with a wondergoal in response to strikes from Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold either side of half-time.
Not long after that, however, Rodon failed to clear a cross that eventually fell to Sadio Mane, who smashed home to restore the visitors’ two-goal advantage.
But Mourinho has seemingly already forgiven Rodon for the error, suggesting after the game that the Welshman will start against Brighton on Sunday night.
“Next game he plays for sure,” Mourinho said (via Wales Online).
“He showed good personality, good concentration, was good on the ball. First half building well and going for duels. Not a coward for not to assume the duels, a brave boy to go for every duel, even against difficult opponents like they are.
“For me his performance was very, very good, very solid. He made one mistake. Unlucky that it leads to their third goal, the goal that basically ends the game.
“When I have a player who makes one mistake, it doesn’t matter how big the mistake was, but completely out of the context of a very good, solid performance I only have to support the player and protect the player and the best way to do that is to play the next game for sure.
“The third goal hurts me because it was a mistake by a kid who played very, very well. Joe Rodon played very, very well, so I feel very sorry for him and I’m happy with him.”
Mourinho got a few things wrong on Monday but he got this one right. Rodon deserves protection after a mostly solid defensive performance – it’s a shame his mistake was a costly one.
Besides, the 23-year-old wasn’t the only player to make an individual error. Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier were both arguably at fault for the first goal, while Lloris perhaps could have pushed Mane’s shot out further to avoid Alexander-Arnold netting Liverpool’s second.