Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: I prefer Real Madrid links to sack talk

Friday, 14 Dec, 2018

"It's like when the sporting director or the president appears to say: 'We trust in the manager.' And the next game - lose and he is out".

"We will have to give everything in the Europa League to go as far as possible, and even try to win it", he said.

United are reportedly courting the 46-year-old's status, as Pochettino said it was unhappiest he'd ever been at Tottenham earlier this season.

Jurgen Klopp's men return to action in the Premier League when they host rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday as they aim extend their stay at the top of the table. "I don't think it's drama if you win".

'He has helped us a lot and I hope he can perform until the end of the season and continue making important saves for us.

There is an awareness at Spurs that they face a fight to keep Pochettino next summer, with Real Madrid and United most prominent among his admirers.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after securing 42 points from a possible 48 so far this season.

"It's a nice game", Wijnaldum said. We want to move there, but everyone is trying.

"It is easier to motivate them for a game against Manchester United".

I have to forget about that final chance and you can't think about these things for long because our next game against Cagliari comes quickly.

"One season goes well, one season a little bit more hard. It is going to be hard".

Liverpool are also sweating on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner, both of whom were forced off late on against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

However, Liverpool's worst fears have been realised as the club have confirmed on that Matip requires surgery on a fractured collarbone and is expected to be on the sidelines for around six weeks. An injury to Alexander-Arnold would be ill-timed with Joe Gomez sidelined, Nathaniel Clyne having been out with a training ground knock.

And with Van Dijk and Alisson not at Anfield back then, Mane and Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho were the only Merseyside representatives.