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Pochettino bemoans no-call in Liverpool loss

Pochettino bemoans no-call in Liverpool loss

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris would have accepted being stripped of the captaincy after he was arrested for drink driving, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed.

Pochettino said he took some of the blame for the performance at Watford because he "could not change the situation" but believes after a painful 15 days stewing on it his side can lift the mood on Saturday.

Looking to bounce back from their defeat against Watford before the global break, Spurs will be without Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris against Liverpool on Saturday, with the pair suffering from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Thursday that the French goalkeeper will remain Spurs skipper, despite being fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after being caught more than twice over the legal limit.

"Of course, he's the first that regrets everything, and all that happened yesterday is not good", Pochettino said. He made a mistake and he's suffering all the punishment of society. Only we need to try, that he understands, and how he understands that it was a mistake. We are all not sure yet the people from last season. I told you the challenge is massive this season.

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"Like the man that he is, he's going to pay and accept everything".

"We all knew after the World Cup, especially when England went so far in the tournament, they had no rest".

"We started the season with good results, but we knew the circumstances and the reality after the World Cup were completely different".

Pochettino rejected suggestions Kane is tired, stating it is only a matter of time before the Tottenham striker is back to his goalscoring best.

"I respect all opinions and in football, everyone has their opinions", he said, via Goal. If not, we're not going to take a risk because he missed a lot of games and we have a lot of games to play.