LIVERPOOL’s recent run of poor form will count for nothing when Tottenham visit Anfield on Saturday, manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned.
The Lilywhites have the chance to extend their lead over the Reds to seven points with a win - but the Spurs boss is taking nothing for granted.
He said: "We need to be motivated and ready to fight. It will be a very difficult game. I cannot explain what is happening with a team which is not mine but we had a similar problem in November after we beat Manchester City, when we went seven or eight games without a victory. Every club can have ups and downs but they are a very good team with good players."
Pochettino, who favours a pressing style of football, stressed that he would not change this simply because opposition manager Jurgen Klopp does as well.
He said: "Maybe we are similar in our styles of play but we are not the same. We never change the way we play - sometimes we use different information but our principles never change."
*Pochettino has been boosted by the news that Danny Rose has not damaged knee ligaments, as was initially feared when he was substituted against Sunderland last week.
Following Rose’s consultation with a specialist on Monday, Pochettino said he was optimistic about the left back’s chances of making a rapid return to first team action - although he refused to speculate about a time frame.
He also stressed that both Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela were making good progress in their bids to recover from their respective ankle and hip problems.