Pochettino ‘disappointed’ after Liverpool loss but optimistic Spurs will finish top four

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino remains confident his side will finish in the top four this season, despite slipping to a dramatic 2-1 defeat away to Liverpool today.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were much the better side for the vast majority of the opening period and went in at half time 1-0 up after Roberto Firmino had powered home a superb Andy Robertson cross.

However, Spurs put in a much-improved display after the break and deservedly equalised through the impressive Lucas Moura on 70 minutes.

Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko missed a glorious chance late on and Pochettino’s side would be made to pay in the 90th minute when ‘keeper Hugo Lloris parried what looked like a routine save from a Mo Salah header into Toby Alderweireld and the ball trickled over the line and into the net.

Despite his side suffering their fourth successive Premier League defeat, Pochettino revealed that he was pleased with his teams second half display.

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”We are all disappointed but at the same time we have to be happy with our second half performance,’’ Pochettino told BBC MOTD.

“We were a little bit unlucky to concede the second goal when we should have been ahead because we dominated Liverpool, who are a very good team.

“No one wants to lose but it’s a different defeat than the ones we suffered against Southampton or Burnley. We cannot say it’s positive but now we start from zero and we can achieve what we want.

“I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete. It’s a mini league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.”

Spurs remain in third after today’s defeat, but now just one point separates the four teams aiming to finish in third and fourth place.

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