CL need unites Liverpool and Tottenham

But with four more crunch games looming in less than a fortnight - kicking off with today's trip to Liverpool - there is no time to ease off the gas. We play well, OK?

"Or Van Dijk or Aubameyang!"

A 2-1 win over Manchester City in February 2016 is the only victory Spurs have claimed in 18 away games against the other members of the Premier League's so-called Big Six.

However, Pochettino is unlikely to disrupt his current centre-back pairing for this big clash at Anfield, with Jan Vertonghen - an ever-present in the league this season - and Davinson Sanchez outlining how Spurs arguably possess the top three central defenders in the league.

Mauricio Pochettino's side arrive on Merseyside in high spirits having seen off Manchester United at Wembley in their previous outing, and a win against Liverpool will see them enter the top four and overtake the Reds in the table. The Dane continues to make Spurs tick in attack, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday. "They sign the players they want".

"It might be hard to win the Premier League but we are still improving".

The Reds lost 4-1 to Spurs at Wembley back in September after Mauricio Pochettino's side exposed Liverpool FC's disorganised defence. And if you look at the records, it is always hard to win at a big club, away from home.

"The team is more mature, more experienced, we're stronger in different aspects".

Their last Anfield meeting occurred nearly a year back when a Sadio Mane brace in the first half sealed all three points for Liverpool.

So will Pochettino adapt his fabled philosophy, as he has done in this season's Champions League? There have been times in recent weeks when the Tottenham bench has had a threadbare feel.

Liverpool owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have been pretty miserly since they took over at the club and this season has proved no different with the club spending £157.9 million on players between the summer and January but they received £147.9 meaning the net spend is a measly £10 million.

"Remember when some people complained or criticised that Tottenham didn't have Plan B", he said. Without a striker. Three at the back. Four at the back.

Here, we tackle the tricky proposition that is picking the strongest XI from the players now in line to feature.

Playing the minnow has helped Pochettino create an unrivalled team spirit, the flexibility and fluidity of the internet start-up against the traditional giants.

"We had to, because we've got tough games coming up".

"I think if someone has too much money or more than enough then it would make sense to ask, 'Don't you want to play for our team?' He is obviously an outstanding top level since I was in England at least".

  • Stacy Allen