Liverpool have been handed a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime game against Tottenham with the news that Spurs goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris and England star Dele Allie will both miss the game.
Lloris picked up his thigh problem in that win at Old Trafford and Pochettino on Thursday revealed that he will be out for several weeks, starting with Liverpool’s visit to Wembley on Saturday.
Dele Alli will also miss out with a hamstring injury he sustained playing for England last week.
Spurs will have Heung-min Son available after his lengthy stint on international duty with South Korea.
Lloris, who currently has a thigh injury, was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months for the offence which occurred in August.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino supported his goalkeeper in the wake of his arrest, handing him the armband for the game at Manchester United , and has done so again, even though the full details of Lloris’ crime were laid bare in court on Wednesday.
Asked whether Lloris, who was found to be twice the legal limit and had a passenger in the car, would remain captain, Pochettino said: “Of course.”
The head coach added: “Of course he’s the first that regrets everything, and all that happened yesterday is not good.
“Of course he doesn’t feel great. He said he was guilty of this situation and it’s irresponsible. He’s a man. But I think the most important thing is everyone can make a mistake. He made a mistake and he’s suffering all the punishment of society.
“He’s punishing himself. But of course we’re not God, that we can judge people.
“Only we need to try, that he understands, and how he understands that it was a mistake. Then we’re all men and women and we can all make mistakes.
“That is a massive lesson for everyone. He’s the first, he told me, ‘Gaffer it’s a massive lesson for me. I made a mistake and now I need to pay’.
“Like a man that he is, he’s going to pay and accept everything.”