Tim Sherwood gives verdict on Liverpool and Tottenham target

Tim Sherwood felt Yevhen Konoplyanka impressed after his goal in Dnipro's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Thursday night

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood was impressed by Yevhen Konoplyanka’s performance after Dnipro were 1-0 winners against Tottenham in their Europa League last-32 first-leg clash.

The hosts made the breakthrough from the penalty spot after the Ukraine international calmly slotted a finish past veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the 81st minute.

After he scored he got confident and made some very good runs

Tim Sherwood

Liverpool and Spurs were linked with Konoplyanka in the January transfer window, with the Reds reportedly close to signing the winger before a deal fell through on deadline day.

And Sherwood felt Konoplyanka produced some good runs but also reserved praise for Kyle Naughton, who managed to keep the playmaker largely under wraps.

“I think he did well after he scored,” Sherwood said.

“Kyle Naughton did very good job on him. After he scored he got confident and made some very good runs.

“It would have been a better result if we were to score.

“We had opportunities to score but so did they. Credit them they had threats and will have threats.”

Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos praised the attitude of both sides ahead of his return to White Hart Lane next week.

“I must say that the match showed that both teams would do their best to win,” Sherwood said.

“We were pretty close to scoring the second goal which would be great help for us in London, but still I have nothing but thanks to the players for what they did.

“2-0 would have been really great for us. But we have 1-0 and we are looking forward to the second leg and will do our best there.”

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