Mauricio Pochettino says it would be a “massive mistake” to linger on his terrible record against Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
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The pair have been in opposing dug-outs on nine occasions but Pochettino has only triumphed once – in October 2017 when two goals from Harry Kane earned them a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane.
This season Liverpool have won both games 2-1 and go into Saturday’s Champions League final as clear favourites.
Liverpool’s points-per-game record in the Premier League puts them second across Europe’s top five leagues.
“It is going to be a completely different game,” insists Pochettino. “We cannot prepare for the Champions League final looking back at months ago. It’s a situation in a competition where we’ve never faced each other before.
“We’ve prepared ourselves to be ready. We know each other very well but we haven’t prepared thinking about the games at Wembley or Anfield. That would be a massive mistake in these different circumstances.
“This isn’t going to be Pochettino vs Klopp, or a tactical battle, it will be about the emotion.”