Monday, 10 December, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino prefers not to compare Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez after the match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium in London Mauricio Pochettino prefers not to compare Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah
Kristopher Love | 18 September, 2018, 02:07

Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool with goals from Wijnaldum, Firmino and Lamela was the highlight of the Premier League.

"I have no clue what exactly happened, but it's something with the eye and, at the moment, it's not comfortable for him".

Tottenham gave the ball away 112 times, which tells a story - some of that was down to really sloppy play by us, some of it was down to your closing and tenacity, highlighted by James Milner. How we deal with that, I don't know.

Neville, who was an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's unparalleled success story at Old Trafford, commented that the Reds need to loosen their focus on continental football if they are to win the league title this year. I'm long enough in this business to know that nobody plays a ideal season.

Tottenham were tipped by many to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title after winning 3-0 at Manchester United last month. "We deserved to win". So we carry on, ' the Reds boss said. We could have scored more and we controlled the game.

"As a team we can all do better and as the striker you get spoken about more, but I feel sharp and fit and if I wasn't, the manager would not be picking me".

"It's something with his eye, we will see". Also when you lose people look to people on the pitch.

Saturday's fixture was due to open the new White Hart Lane only for delays to its £800million redevelopment to extend Tottenham's occupancy of Wembley until at least late November.

But regardless of the mitigating factors, Spurs were second best from start to finish, with defensive mistakes costing Mauricio Pochettino's team for both goals. But I accept other opinions.

Klopp's side were imperious going forward but a combination of poor finishing and selfish play stopped them from adding to their tally.

"I am not going to complain because after three victories it was all fantastic and now after two defeats it's not a disaster", Pochettino said. "It's only early in the season".

When Klopp succeeded the sacked Brendan Rodgers, following a sabbatical after his time as Borussia Dortmund coach, Liverpool were 10th in the Premier League and the momentum that nearly carried them to the title in 2014 was lost.