Pochettino Haunted By Spurs' Abysmal Away Record Against Top Six

Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC at the City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC at the City of Manchester Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino admits that a win over Liverpool at Anfield would be "massive" in their bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League. That remains the best test of a great manager, and regardless of whether Tottenham manage to win a trophy under Pochettino, this is a genuinely excellent side whose manager should be considered the equal of his more illustrious rivals battling for a top four place.

For Pochettino's side, they will be looking to improve that Anfield record and leapfrog their hosts in this vital game.

There aren't many players who polarise opinion in the Liverpool fanbase quite like Emre Can but the Germany midfielder could have a key role to play this weekend.

Both sides have an impressive set of attacking players, and also have managers who like to press the opposition.

Virgil van Dijk is expected to play after being rested in midweek.

Loris Karius should continue in goal.

Pochettino also took time to cite the examples of Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son, who have all needed time to adapt after arriving in England, and says the fact that Lucas is no Neymar, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo makes it even clearer that there will be no added pressure on him. A win on Sunday can see them back in the top four spots. In his stead, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should get the nod.

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"Liverpool are a very good side and Mohamed Salah is on fire at the moment".

Harry Winks, too, is continuing to work on his match fitness after an ankle injury. There are other reasons for optimism as well, namely Lucas Moura's signing from PSG.

Tottenham's official website confirmed that both players are back in full training but it is still uncertain whether they will be involved against Liverpool.

Stylistically, Tottenham are a good fit for Liverpool: they keep a high line with plenty of space in behind, and if you can move the ball forward as quickly as Jurgen Klopp wants his teams to do, there are ample opportunities for the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to spring the offside trap. Instead, they have one of each - they have the balance between possession and penetration, between assists and goals. 19 leagues goals is a start, while a further six assists proves the Egypt worldwide has already justified his £34.3m summer fee from Roma a number of times over.

The player has come under scrutiny very early on in his Liverpool career. [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.

"We will try to be focused during the 90 minutes to try and achieve the win".

Meanwhile, former Paris Saint-Germain right-back Aurier missed the last draw against Newport in the FA Cup and the Premier League 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday night due to a problem with his calf.

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