Pochettino feels Spurs should’ve beaten Liverpool

Matt Stead

Mauricio Pochettino felt Tottenham deserved to beat Liverpool on Saturday despite their goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Spurs and Liverpool battled out a 0-0 draw in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in the Reds hot seat, although the hosts will perhaps feel aggrieved at taking just a point from the fixture.

Harry Kane and Clinton N’Jie were among those who wasted good opportunities on Saturday, with Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet producing an excellent performance to keep a clean sheet.

When asked by reporters whether he felt his side deserved more than the point they took, Pochettino replied: “I think of course.

“We only concede one clear chance, from the corner where we have only 10 players on the pitch with (Nacer) Chadli injured. Then I think we had four clear chances in the first half. Mignolet saved Liverpool and I’m very happy, very pleased with the players.

“Harry (Kane) was good. He had two clear chances to score — we had four chances and two from Harry.

“How many chances did (Divock) Origi have? Not to criticise another player but you expect Harry should score every time he touches the ball, but he worked a lot and there was great effort. The goal is coming.”

“I’m very happy – our performance was very good. After nine Premier League games, only one defeat in the first game against Manchester United and we have shown that were are very solid and difficult to beat.”

Pochettino also moved to address a first-half injury suffered by Nacer Chadli, who had to be stretchered off after barely 10 minutes due to an ankle issue, with N’Jie replacing him.

“We need to assess him tomorrow,” the Spurs boss said. “Maybe it’s a problem in his ankle ligament but we hope that it’s not a big, big issue because after the game it was painful.

“In the next 48 hours we will see how the injury is.”