"Bournemouth pushed us a lot but we were not fresh from the beginning".
Mauricio Pochettino is anticipating a tough trip to Anfield in the EFL Cup, with Liverpool free from the rigours of European competition.
Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Kevin Stewart were all left our of the U23s' game against Everton earlier today, hinting that they will be involved, even if they don't necessarily all play from the start.
I tend to subscribe more to the latter philosophy.
Although this could be taken as an excuse, playing on the road and traveling to Germany and back, then to the West Midlands and south coast is a lot of miles in seven days. That is nine more games than Brendan Rodgers oversaw in the whole of the 2013-14 season when Liverpool came achingly close to a first league title in a generation. Adding it all up, this could explain the team's goalless draw against Bournemouth.
Pochettino will be hoping for better luck in the League Cup this week when his side travel to face in-form Liverpool in a last 16 match at Anfield on Tuesday evening.
Still, with the results not going in Pochettino's favor, he did mention positives to take from a hard week.
"The one player it seems to have affected a touch this year is Eric Dier", Wilkins said. One major takeaway that he was pleased with would be his team's defense.
"I'm disappointed because we created chances and had possibilities to score".
"I don't think there is anyone as good as him, to be honest, but that is my opinion and football is a game of opinions".
Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.
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