Tottenham v Liverpool — Big Match Focus

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"Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don't think that even Gary Neville would have said: "Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win".

With the worldwide break over, Liverpool heads to Wembley Stadium on Saturday to face Tottenham in a Premier League match.

"How should that work?"

Both the teams will get back to the UEFA Champions League duty following this important fixture. Meanwhile, Spurs come with the exact opposite result from their outing at Watford a couple of weeks ago. How do you prepare for a game when you don't focus on it? You bring your kids in the Champions League?

Toby Alderweireld was linked with a move away from Spurs in the summer but he seems content with his decision to stay put despite well-documented interest from Manchester United. They are one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe.

"That's good, they had a normal break and then started pre-season with us, so they were the most stable players in the squad and that's why we used them".

Speaking ahead of Spurs' game against Liverpool, Pochettino said, "Harry has all the profile of the midfielder - ideal". After four weeks, when the fitness levels looked quite OK - it got better and better for one player or another - then we had to send them away [on worldwide duty].

"Of course now to win against Liverpool can change the mood and change the perception and everything but still if you win, after you win against Brighton".

These are the games that can prove decisive in the race for the title, so it distorts the competition to have them take place when the two managers and sets of players have barely had time to practice a set-piece in the build-up.

"Because I do believe that with that best XI on the pitch week in, week out, they have an opportunity to do it".

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