Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris are missing for Tottenham against Liverpool

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Liverpool progressed through to the Champions League final last season where they were soundly beaten by three-time defending champions Real Madrid and Neville told The Times that he thinks the Reds could have a real shot at the Premier League title if they did not have to play Champions League football in the latter half of the season. They were the most stable players in the squad. I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost.

"I know that's very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance [of winning the league] if they had free weeks."How would that work? We don't play Champions League, or what?" he told a news conference".

I expect both teams to score as they usually do in this fixture, but I'll have to edge towards Liverpool to win it. We did not play every game on the front foot. You're gonna have to bring in a centre forward, and you say to him "you're gonna be a sub because I've got one of the best strikers in the world in Harry Kane". After four weeks, when the fitness levels looked quite OK - it got better and better for one player or another - then we had to send them away [on worldwide duty].

"Today we train, then we make a lineup for tomorrow".

Ahead of Spurs' match against Liverpool on Saturday, he was asked if there would be two challengers taking to the field.

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He won the Champions League with the side in 2013, six consecutive Bundesliga titles and three German Cups. One job that the World Cup victor continues to be linked with is Jose Mourinho's at Manchester United .

"It was a kind of a wake-up call, to be honest", Klopp said.

"You don't need one player scoring all the goals because if that player gets injured, it's a problem". "But it was more a wake-up for the players, that we can not do it like this".

"Everyone knows that when we are not brilliant, we usually lose", Jurgen Klopp said about his team after the Palace win, recognising this had to change. But of course the game Saturday will be completely different. "It was the moment where we could show that we are really convinced about what we are doing, we just had to do it more often and in a better way".

But Klopp, whose side reached the final of the competition in 2017-2018, does not understand the former Manchester United captain's reasoning.

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