The nine times Klopp and Pochettino have faced off at Liverpool and Spurs

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Liverpool and Tottenham have faced off nine times with Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino in charge, with the biggest clash yet to come.

Not many would have expected the two to be playing one another in a Champions League final, not least when they lost the first legs of the semi-finals to Barcelona and Ajax, but remarkable comebacks will have them both believing fate is on their side.

Form is very much with Liverpool, though, while Klopp has enjoyed an edge over his Spurs counterpart. In nine games, it’s been four wins, four draws, and one defeat for the German. We look back on those games here.

Spurs 0-0 Liverpool (Oct 2015)

Klopp’s debut game at Liverpool, a visit to White Hart Lane in the league, turned out to be something of a damp squib. Spurs produced a fine defensive performance and created enough chances to have won it.

The away support came armed with flags in support of their new manager, while the team looked immediately more energetic, running more than in any other game up to that point. Their back four that day was Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno. How times change.

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Liverpool 1-1 Spurs (Apr 2016)

Spurs found themselves surprisingly chasing league leaders Leicester, but a failure to win at Anfield saw them fall seven points behind the Foxes with six games to go.

Harry Kane’s superb finish on the hour mark cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s opener ten minutes before. The hosts were still floundering in midtable at the time.

Spurs 1-1 Liverpool (Aug 2016)

In his first full season in charge, Klopp enjoyed a good start as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 away in an opening day thriller, before taking a good point from White Hart Lane.

James Milner gave the Reds the lead from the penalty spot after Erik Lamela fouled Coutinho in the box, but didn’t get the win as Danny Rose equalised 20 minutes from full-time.

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Oct 2016)

After three deadlocked games between Klopp and Pochettino, there was finally a breakthrough in the League Cup, with both managers heavily rotating their teams.

A Liverpool side featuring Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria and debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold came out on top with a brace from Daniel Sturridge, while a first goal from the struggling Vincent Jansson, struck from the penalty spot, wasn’t enough to claw it back.

Liverpool 2-0 Spurs (Feb 2017)

This was an important win for Liverpool, who were battling for a first top-four finish under Klopp. Both sides qualified for the Champions League in the end, but were some way off the runaway leaders Chelsea. 

Sadio Mane scored in the 16th and 18th minutes, and from there they saw the game out relatively comfortably as Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Kane struggled for chances.

This was a hint of things to come for Liverpool, with a man of the match performance from Mane, defensive solidity, and good displays in midfield from Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Spurs 4-1 Liverpool (Oct 2017)

Pochettino’s only win over Klopp win was an emphatic one at Wembley. Kane, Son and Alli were rampant on this occasion, all getting on the scoresheet, with Mohamed Salah’s strike midway through the first half only proving a consolation.

A nightmare game for Dejan Lovren and generally a horrorshow at the back, this was the kind of defensive shambles that forced them into spending big on Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool 2-2 Spurs (Feb 2018)

A good game with an absolutely f*cking bonkers ending.

The hosts looked to be heading for all three points as they defended an early lead given to them by Salah, before a thunderb*stard from Victor Wanyama levelled things up on 80 minutes. From there, things exploded into life.

Spurs thought they’d be on for a big win at Anfield when Kane was awarded a penalty shortly after, but Loris Karius saved the spot-kick he’d given away.

Salah then scored a brilliant solo goal in injury time, before Kane equalised with pretty much the last kick of the game. He made no mistake with his second penalty, awarded after Van Dijk collided with Lamela.

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool (Sep 2018)

The Reds made it five wins from five at Wembley, underlining their new status as title contenders with a solid performance. Goals from Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino gave the visitors a deserved two-goal lead, which could have been more after creating a multitude of chances.

But they somehow nearly threw it away. Lamela got one back in injury time, and Son was unfortunate not to be given a penalty in the dying seconds. 

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Mar 2019)

The most recent meeting between the two sides was a closely contested match and a draw would have been a fair reflection of the balance of play.

But Hugo Lloris’ late error, with Toby Alderweireld unable to do anything about the touch that took the ball into his own net, was one of several big, late dramatic moments that saw Liverpool take the relentless title race with Man City right down to the wire.


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