Mauricio Pochettino has described Liverpool as ‘on a completely different level’ to his Tottenham side, due to their ability to spend big in the transfer market.
Spurs travel to Anfield to take on the Reds on Sunday afternoon, and Pochettino is clear that the two teams cannot be compared, despite just one place separating them in the Premier League table.
Pochettino has not added to his squad in either of the last two transfer windows, while Liverpool have bought the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Argentine even suggested that other clubs in the battle for the Premier League title and Champions League places are ‘real contenders’ while Spurs cannot compete.
‘You cannot compare [Liverpool and Tottenham]. When Klopp arrived at Liverpool it was only about focusing on building a team that could compete and be a real contender with other teams,’ Pochettino said to Sky Sports.
‘Our philosophy is completely different, we can’t compare the two projects. They are on a completely different level. In the last two transfer windows we didn’t sign one player – it’s like we are banned!
‘We are focused on different things, that’s why we are different, and we must be focused on operating in different ways and still be competitive as football is the most important thing in this company.
‘[Liverpool] have an unbelievable squad and every season they add more quality. So it’s normal that Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea are building to win and be real contenders.’
Spurs are looking to improve an extremely poor recent record against Liverpool on Sunday as they have only beaten the Merseysiders once in their last 13 meetings.
Anything but a win for Tottenham would allow Arsenal the opportunity to overtake them when they host Newcastle on Monday night.