Pochettino reveals how he has rewarded his players ahead of Liverpool match

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Dom Le Roy

Just a handful of months ago, Tottenham Hotspur were lining up against Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League Final in Madrid.

Unfortunately, the dream day had a nightmare start for Spurs as they conceded a penalty inside the first minute, a goal that set the tone for the rest of the match.

Liverpool ran away as 2-0 winners on the night, but with both teams playing below par, it felt like a chance missed for Pochettino and his boys.

However, Tottenham will be handed the chance for revenge in the Premier League at the weekend as the two sides go head to head for the first time since that final.

Pochettino has now revealed that he has given his players a day off ahead of the match after they beat Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League last night.

The Argentine manager spoke about increasing confidence ahead of the game against the league leaders, which he predicts will be a fantastic affair.

Poch said (Football London): “It was so important, an important result for our confidence and to add three points in the table for us was very, very important tonight. Of course very pleased. After the second half against Watford, I was happy, not great as I told you, now the same, not great but good. I feel good. We start to see that it’s only time that we need to recover our best feelings.

“We need to build that confidence of course. We need to go step by step, being solid again and that is only the first step, like the second half at Watford, to build again our confidence and try to perform in the way that we and everyone expect.

“I think it’s about now staying calm. It’s a good result but only three points. Now we have ahead a lot of tough games that are coming. We need to be solid. I want them to all be fresh that is why tomorrow they are going to have a day off, you know to stop all the rumours (laughs). Of course Thursday we are going to start to train and loop prepare for the game on Sunday. It’s going to be a fantastic game. A few months ago we were playing the final against Liverpool and now in Anfield, a great atmosphere, with all the confidence to go there and try to have a very good performance again.”

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