Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris are missing for Tottenham against Liverpool

Jordan Henderson was speaking to Sky Sports' Laura Woods

"I don't know what he means with that, to be honest". It's not that I like to say Fabinho is full of energy and I tell him he's not involved.

"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". Around this time three years ago, Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first game as Liverpool manager, against, you guessed, Spurs.

"Life as a Premier League manager is never ideal, it's not that I have all of them together, then we train and can compare a game". That's not nice, it's only the job to do sometimes.

He said: "It was a massive wake-up call for us to show more respect to the competition and to realise that in come circumstances you can beat Manchester United, different teams and opponents". The plan was - and still is - that he will make us better. "That's what we are working on".

Spurs, meanwhile, have several injury and fitness concerns at the moment.

But now with Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and possibly Son missing, Pochettino could soon learn to regret that decision.

The pair join the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth in the stands, although there has been some good news on that front, as they are expected to return to training imminently and could be available for selection in the not too distant future.

The forward, who last featured for his club on August 11, recently returned from the Asian Games, where he helped South Korea to victory in the tournament in Indonesia.

Ahead of Spurs' match against Liverpool on Saturday, he was asked if there would be two challengers taking to the field.

"It feels like we have 500 games in the next seven weeks". In fact, since he was appointed back in October 2015, Liverpool have the best top six head-to-head record and he has achieved the most points per game in these fixtures. "They have very good players, a great manager and of course will be a very tough opponent".

Pep Guardiola's side are odds-on favourites to win their second consecutive league title but Liverpool are considered their biggest challengers this season.

"After that we had pretty good results and I don't think we conceded a lot of goals".

In Lovren's absence, Joe Gomez has done a splendid job, sharing a strong understanding with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

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