Tottenham Hotspur without Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris against Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur without Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris against Liverpool

"He said he is sorry and accepts his mistake", said Mauricio Pochettino.

Though the club have revealed he will be "unavailable this weekend", the short-term nature of this statement suggests that the 22-year-old might still return for Spurs' opening Champions League game against Inter on Tuesday night.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has claimed that he is in pristine condition to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the Premier League after returning to Melwood from global duty.

Meanwhile, the North London club also confirmed that French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has featured prominently in the headlines recently after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge, will also miss out, due to a thigh injury.

"He is the first to regret about everything and all that happened is not good".

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Goalkeeper Lloris sustained a thigh problem during last month's 3-0 win at Manchester United, which meant he missed the subsequent 2-1 loss at Watford and France's worldwide commitments over the past week.

"We are disappointed because we are going to miss him for this game and maybe against Inter in the Champions League". He doesn't feel great.

Pochettino said Lloris would remain captain despite his drink-driving case, replying "of course" when asked whether that would be the case. So I think it works for everyone really. He made a mistake and he's suffered the punishment of society. He is punishing himself.

Tottenham head to the game following a 2-1 defeat against Watford in their last game, while Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City. "But we will try to keep our good performances and I hope we can win a lot of games", the Switzerland worldwide told reporters.