Pochettino vs. Klopp a battle of Premier League's brightest minds

Alli, Lloris out for game against Liverpool

"I think Liverpool haven't started the season excellently, but they have done a good job, and out of all the teams out there they've looked the best, and in [Virgil] van Dijk they've got one of the best defenders in the world at the moment". How do you prepare a game and not focus on it?

He feels that the club's summer signings will have been sold on the idea of turning out for Liverpool in the Champions League.

The modern centre-back at an elite, Champions League club needs to multi-task, capable of playing a high line with the pace and strength to regularly deal with one-on-one situations.

Klopp, whose side have won their opening four Premier League matches of the season, went on to suggest too much is asked of today's players from a physical perspective.

"I respect all opinions and in football everyone has their opinions", he said.

"Last year I don't think even think Gary would have said "Let City win in the Champions League".

"I don't know what he means with that, to be honest".

"Harry played from the first match on, so maybe he had two weeks holiday - that is nothing".




"The first 20 minutes are huge; if Liverpool keep tight I don't think they will lose".

He might be looking exhausted right now following a seemingly non-stop period of action from last season all the way through the World Cup, but there's no doubt that Harry Kane is still the most risky player that Tottenham possess.

"They've played West Ham, Crystal Palace Brighton and Leicester; this is their biggest test".

Alli was on target when Spurs beat Liverpool 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and manager Mauricio Pochettino said his absence is disappointing.

"Today we train, then we make a lineup for tomorrow".

"I think the back four previous year was Joe Gomez right back, Lovren and Joel Matip in the middle, and Alberto Moreno at left back".

"We will see, I don't know what it means, to focus on one competition can only be if you're almost out of a competition, late in the season".

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