Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will treat Liverpool game like Real Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino reflects on Super Sunday and managing England

Tottenham will be treating Liverpool like they were Real Madrid in the Super Sunday clash at Wembley, says Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs host Jurgen Klopp’s team at the weekend, live on Sky Sports Premier League, off the back of an impressive 1-1 midweek draw with the La Liga giants in the Champions League.

Hugo Lloris was outstanding in goal to help secure a point at the Bernabeu and the Tottenham boss believes his team’s display demonstrates their ability to mix it with Europe’s elite, as attention turns back to the league.

“Now we are going to play like we played against Real Madrid,” Pochettino said.

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“I think it’s a very good experience for us to play every single game in the next three weeks.

“If you are going to play a final or a competition that commands a lot of energy… it’s a period to learn a lot for us.”

Tottenham will be looking to make it four league wins in a row when they take on the Reds at Wembley.

Liverpool’s defensive capabilities have come under scrutiny, but Pochettino says his team are preparing for a tough encounter against the side that last week held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Anfield.

“I think every single game is important,” he added. “They’re an amazing team with a great manager.

“Of course it will be a very, very tough game, but our mentality is to try to win. It’s not only to play Sunday, we have the Carabao Cup against West Ham. That’s another derby.

“We have a lot of good games, a lot of exciting games, but we are taking it step by step and now it’s Liverpool.

“If we want to fight to win the title at the end of the season, it’s so important to get the three points.”

Pochettino said he was delighted with Danny Rose’s recovery but revealed the defender would not start against Liverpool.

The 27-year-old was introduced in the 80th minute against Real Madrid, making his first appearance since injuring his knee in January.

“I think he’s still not ready to start, he needs to build up his fitness but we are so happy because he’s doing very well,” Pochettino said.

“Tuesday was important for the team and to play a few minutes you feel involved, which is so important after 10 months.”