Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris ruled out of Liverpool match

World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris named the toughest strikers he has faced

World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris named the toughest strikers he has faced

Alli missed England's friendly win against Switzerland on Tuesday with a hamstring strain, and Spurs have confirmed he will play no part in their meeting with Jurgen Klopp's side at lunchtime on Saturday.

"Alli is a bit unlucky, he suffered a small injury after 20 minutes against Spain", Pochettino told Sky Sports.

Lloris, who has endured a hard few weeks on a personal level after being fined £50,000 and receiving a 20-month driving ban following his pleading guilty to drink-driving, misses this weekend's game with a hamstring injury, while Alli suffered a knock during England's 2-1 defeat to Spain last weekend and misses out.

When asked in his news conference for Saturday's clash with Liverpool if Lloris will still be captain, Pochettino said: "Of course".

"He is the first to regret about everything and all that happened is not good".

"Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe, not only in England and have very good players, great manager and of course it will be a very tough game and will demand a lot of energy". He said he was guilty and responsible. He said "Gaffer, I made a mistake". The most important is that everyone can make a mistake and he is suffering a punishment and also a feeling that society translates to him. Of course all the people can make a mistake.

"Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set". He had not been allowed to play in the tournament by his old club Bayer Leverkusen four years ago.

"He is close because I am happy with him", Pochettino said. "Then [I want] to congratulate the club because the club has protected a big asset". "I'm happy because the circumstances of the summer were so different from another season".

"Like a man that he is, he's going to pay and accept everything".

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