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Mauricio Pochettino: Why Spurs were “laughing” at Liverpool’s bench

By Chris Smith

Published: 9:27, 1 April 2019

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he and his Tottenham Hotspur colleagues were “laughing” at the level of talent on Liverpool’s bench during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield.

The Argentine feels his side were hard done by after a Hugo Lloris fumble led to a late Toby Alderweireld own goal in a game where Spurs had a number of chances to win.

Why was Pochettino laughing at Liverpool’s bench? Five key things to know…

  1. Spurs fell to a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
  2. The Lilywhites had levelled the game but a late Lloris blunder led to an Alderweireld own goal.
  3. Regardless, Pochettino insists he has immense “pride” in the performance of his players.
  4. He admitted that he and his colleagues were “laughing” at the expensive talent sat on the Red’s bench.
  5. Spurs have now gone five Premier League games without a win.

Although he spoke about how “proud” he was of his players, Pochettino did seem to find it funny that his side were able to compete against one with “£100m” of midfielders sat on the bench.

“Overall I think we were better than Liverpool,” he told reporters.

“I am very disappointed but I am proud of the performance. In the second half, we dominated and played much better than Liverpool. Today that was the arrogance I want to see from the team, playing that way.

“We were laughing a little bit that there was more than £100 million in two midfielders on the bench in Fabinho and (Naby) Keita and you go and play better and dominate.

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“Liverpool have an unbelievable quality. I am so happy in the way we dealt with the game. We need to be happy because that performance makes us believe we are in the right way.

“In football, sometimes you deserve to win, like us today and you don’t win. My players are heroes and deserve a lot of credit whatever happens in the end of the season.”

Sunday’s result means Spurs have now gone five Premier League games without a win, with defeats to Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton sitting alongside a draw with Arsenal.

Pochettino wishes “incredible” Klopp luck in title race

Although he was obviously disappointed to lose so late on, Pochettino still wished Jurgen Klopp and his players “all the best” heading into the title run-in, highlighting the “incredible” job being done at Anfield by the German.

“The pressure to win the title is so tough and sometimes you cannot keep the performance how you want,” he added.

“Of course Liverpool deserve a lot of credit. Jurgen is doing a fantastic job. All the best for the future.

“Liverpool and City fighting for the title and it is a shame we are not close. We were but in the last few weeks, we find our reality, our place. We have a mini league now, seven games, it’s in our hands to be in the top four and the Champions League next season.”

Spurs host Crystal Palace at the official opening of their brand new stadium on Wednesday, while Liverpool travel to Southampton on Friday.