Comparisons to Steven Gerrard would usually be flattering.
Not on this occasion.
The Premier League returned with a tasty encounter between Spurs and Liverpool at Wembley this Saturday lunchtime.
In games of such magnitude, the midfield battle is always crucial.
So the last thing the hosts needed was one of their own players slipping throughballs into Mohamed Salah’s path.
Midway through the first half, Dier inadvertently split his own centre-backs with a cutting pass that gifted last season’s Golden Boot winner with a glorious chance to open the scoring.
The England midfielder would have been relieved to see Michel Vorm (deputising for Hugo Lloris) make a save to keep it at 0-0.
Although the less said about the rest of the Dutchman’s performance the better…
Liverpool fans in attendance would have been reminded of their former captain.
Gerrard was one of the finest midfielders in Premier League history but he didn’t mind slipping in an opposition forward every now and then.
Remember when he picked out Thierry Henry in Euro 2004?
Gerrard played in Henry during Arsenal v Liverpool at Highbury once as well.
The talismanic midfielder also played wayward backpasses against Chelsea and Man United in other high-profile fixtures throughout his career.
Of course, Stevie G more than made up for these lapses in concentration.
Can Dier inspire Spurs to a comeback against Liverpool at Wembley this afternoon?
Don’t hold your breath…