Jurgen Klopp refused to speculate on the reasons why Tottenham have failed to replicate their form of last season, but predicted a difficult test for his Liverpool side on Sunday.

The Merseysiders overcame Mauricio Pochettino's men in the Champions League final in June, with Spurs expected to challenge towards the top of the Premier League table again this term.

But Spurs have won just three of nine league games to sit 13 points behind leaders Liverpool and five adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

There have been reports of dressing room discontent but Klopp was unwilling to offer an outsider's view when asked to assess Tottenham ahead of the weekend clash at Anfield.

He said: "I can't say anything about the Tottenham situation.

"You are constantly asked to judge things from the outside but it's not possible.

"You have to be in the situation to understand the situation."

Spurs put aside their domestic troubles to thrash Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min each scoring twice.

Klopp added: "Football is like this from time to time. It's not like they have forgotten how to play football. 

"You cannot fully understand it from the outside but they are always able to put in a proper performance on the pitch.

"We were very respectful with our Champions League celebrations but that will be, of course, another motivation for them to put things right.

"The situation around them will not make a massive difference. I don't know how many points they have but they won't play like a team that have that many. They are a top side in the Premier League and we have to respect that."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been reintegrated into the Liverpool squad in recent weeks after a long injury lay-off and stamped his mark on the team with two goals and a man-of-the-match display in the 4-1 Champions League win at Genk on Wednesday.

Klopp feels the England midfielder is now regaining the rhythm he inevitably lost after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"It's nice, he had a big impact in the game at Manchester United [last Sunday] and in midweek," he said.

"It's no secret how much I like him as a person and a player.

"The goals against Genk were incredible. The second... I haven't seen one like this for a long time, if ever.

"Yes, he had a serious injury but he has been back a long time.

"The longer you're out, the longer you need to come back. The main thing you lose is your flow, your rhythm. It needs time and that's why we never lost patience. As a player it's harder not to lose patience in yourself because you remember what you can do.

"He has made big steps in recent weeks. My expectations for him are pretty high so there is more to come."

Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be fit, as is fellow full-back Andy Robertson, who was brought off after an hour in Belgium.

Liverpool will wait on Joel Matip while Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson hailed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's glorious double against Genk as a "special" moment for the European champions.

The injury-plagued midfielder marked his first Champions League appearance in 18 months with two exquisite goals in the club's comprehensive 4-1 win over Genk on Wednesday.

His low drive gave Liverpool the lead in the second minute and he lit up the Luminus Arena with an even better effort before the hour, stabbing a sublime shot in off the underside of the crossbar with the outside of his right boot.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp described the scene-stealing performance as "a great story" given Oxlade-Chamberlain's battle to overcome the serious knee injury he suffered in the semi-finals in April 2018.

Alisson, an opponent in the Roma goal that day, concurred.

"It was special for everyone," the Brazilian, recently recovered from a calf issue, told Liverpool's official website.

"We see him working hard at the training ground. In the last weeks, I worked with him; in the last international break, we had training and he was enjoying the sessions.

"I'm really happy for him scoring like that, playing like that and helping the team. I think he is really happy, as am I."

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined the England international on the scoresheet as the Reds issued a confident response to the lacklustre Premier League draw against Manchester United.

Next up is Sunday's home game against a Tottenham side fresh from a morale-boosting 5-0 hiding of Red Star Belgrade.

"It's always good to play against a tough rival," Alisson said. "Tottenham had a tough moment in the last five games but they proved their value in the last one, they proved their quality.

"We played against Red Star and we know how difficult it is. They did well, they won 5-0. It will be a good game for us, a good test.

"Now we need to rest and focus on that game 100 per cent."

Liverpool's dream of clinching a record-equalling 18th consecutive Premier League victory fell flat in their 1-1 draw at Manchester United, but the visit of an erratic Tottenham side provides an ideal chance to bounce back.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino might have hoped for a big win at Old Trafford for the table-topping Reds, who could have something of the wounded animal about them at Anfield on Sunday.

Tottenham have won just one of their last four league games but enjoyed a 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in midweek, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela all scoring.

Pochettino will need his entire team to be at their best to get a result at Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in 44 Premier League games since Crystal Palace beat them 2-1 in April 2017.

FIT-AGAIN SALAH ADDS TO TOTTENHAM'S TROUBLES

Liverpool looked strangely toothless for long periods at Old Trafford, with Mohamed Salah's absence keenly felt in Jurgen Klopp's attack.

The Egypt international is expected to be fit to face Spurs and his inclusion on the team-sheet will be enough to dampen spirits in the visiting changing room.

Salah has scored six goals in his last eight starts in all competitions against Tottenham, plundering goals past Spurs for Basel, Fiorentina and Liverpool.

The threat of an upset at Anfield relies largely on the shoulders of Kane, who has been directly involved in seven goals in nine Premier League appearances against the Reds.

Kane netted three goals in two games against Liverpool in 2017-18, but his failure to score in either of last season's league fixtures between the two sides coincided with a pair of defeats for Spurs.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: ROBERTO FIRMINO V HARRY KANE

While Kane has scored six goals in his last seven games in all competitions for Tottenham, Firmino has just one in his last eight for Liverpool.

But a glance at the stats dating back from the start of 2018-19 gives a better indication of how well matched these two strikers are, and how much more creative Firmino is than the Tottenham number 10.

Firmino has created 54 Premier League chances and provided nine assists since the start of last season, while Kane has mustered just five assists from 36 chances created.

Firmino makes an average of 42 passes per game, with an accuracy of 80.2 per cent, dwarfing Kane's average of 20 per game at 72.5 per cent accuracy.

But when it comes to goals, Kane is very much the man: he has scored 22 in 37 appearances since the start of last season, averaging 0.6 per game, while Firmino has scored 15 in 43 appearances for Liverpool (0.4 per game).

FORM GUIDE

This fixture could hardly have come at a worse moment for Tottenham, who are in their worst period of Premier League away form for 18 years having failed to win any of their last 10 games on the road.

They are up against a Liverpool side who, despite their blip last weekend, remain in imperious home form and have won all of their last 11 Premier League games at Anfield.

One glimmer of hope for Spurs could lie in the fact that Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in their last four home league games, conceding once each against Norwich City, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Leicester City.

Scoring goals has not been Tottenham's major shortcoming - they scored five goals in their last four Premier League away games - but shoring up a defence that has conceded 10 goals in five league games on the road is a complex challenge.

HISTORY SAYS...

Spurs are winless in their past eight league visits to Anfield (D3 L5), with their most recent victory on the ground coming all the way back in May 2011 when Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric scored in a 2-0 win.

Liverpool won this fixture in March thanks to a last-minute own-goal from Toby Alderweireld, but the points were shared in 2017-18 when Kane converted a penalty in second-half stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw.

Victory for Liverpool on Sunday will take them within one win of equalling their longest top-flight winning run at home of 13 games between April and November 1985.

Klopp's men would be more than happy with a repeat of the last time the two sides met: a 2-0 Liverpool victory in the Champions League final in June.

Juventus are set to have money to splash at the end of the season.

Eight-time reigning Serie A champions Juve are repeating the rewards of their domestic dominance.

And it could see some of Europe's elite join Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.

 

TOP STORY - JUVENTUS REACH FOR THE STARS

Juventus are eyeing a blockbuster signing, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Paul Pogba the targets, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Italian champions Juve are reportedly set to announce an increase of capital by €300million as they establish their position among Europe's elite clubs.

PSG's superstar pair Mbappe and Neymar fit the profile of a future eye-catching signing, as well as Manchester United's former Juve midfielder Pogba, Gazzetta says.

The report also mentions Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.

 

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- Manchester Evening News reports Manchester United are confident about signing James Maddison from Leicester City. After splashing out a world-record fee for a defender to lure Harry Maguire from Leicester, United are said to have their eyes on another Foxes star as they look to add quality in the attacking third.

Real Madrid are considering a move for AC Milan full-back David Calabria, according to Fichajes.net. The alternatives would be RB Leipzig's Lukas Klostermann and Youcef Atal from Nice as Madrid reportedly look to replace Alvaro Odriozola.

West Ham and Wolves are eyeing January moves for Milan star Suso, says The Sun. The former Liverpool attacker was wanted by Roma during the previous window.

- Soccer Link says Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey and plan to sign him at the end of the season. The 19-year-old's contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal will have to spend £30.1million (€35m) if they want to make Dani Ceballos' loan deal from Real Madrid permanent, according to El Desmarque.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich rejected an offer from a Middle East-based consortium to buy the Premier League club, The Daily Telegraph reports.

- The Guardian says Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit to sign in-demand Napoli star Fabian Ruiz. Fabian is also being targeted by Barcelona and Madrid.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United's striking options following Roy Keane's suggestion the club should sign Harry Kane, while former team-mate Edwin van der Sar has distanced himself from the vacant director of football role.

Following United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, ex-captain Keane – working as a pundit for Sky Sports – stated United should purchase England forward Kane from Tottenham to solve their issues up front.

Marcus Rashford scored in the stalemate at Old Trafford, taking his tally of league goals for the season to four, but Solskjaer's options up front have been diminished by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving for Inter, while Anthony Martial is only just returning from injury.

Solskjaer insists he is satisfied with his current pool of strikers, although acknowledged having a player of Kane's quality would always be a bonus.

"Roy's quite straightforward, isn't he," Solskjaer told a news conference when asked about his former team-mate's comments ahead of United's Europa League meeting with Partizan Belgrade.

"For us it's [about] working hard. Getting Anthony back is going to be a massive boost for us and I'm sure, when he comes back, that'll help Marcus as well. 

"With the forwards we've got and the pace, I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.

"There aren't many [Robert] Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes - they're like [Alan] Shearer, [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy, fantastic players.

"Ours are different types of players but I like someone who can finish half a chance and Harry does that, but Harry's a Tottenham player."

With United's transfer dealings having come under scrutiny in previous seasons, the club are reportedly still in search of a director of football.

One name consistently linked with taking up the position has been former United goalkeeper Van der Sar, who has enjoyed success as Ajax's chief executive officer. 

However, Van der Sar says he is not considering leaving the Eredivisie champions at the moment, telling BT Sport: "I've said before, I want to make this a success at Ajax.

"As a player, you always needed to build up qualities and your strengths. Now I'm trying it out and experiencing a lot of different things here, I've still some unfinished business here.

"If we could have taken it one step further last year [getting to the Champions League final], it could have been a step already, but at the moment I'm concentrating on Ajax."

Dele Alli is adamant Tottenham's squad remains "1000 per cent" behind Mauricio Pochettino and says several players would be nowhere without the Argentine.

Spurs thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scoring twice each and Erik Lamela on target.

It was a timely reminder of the team's quality amid a disappointing start to the season that has seen them win only four times in 13 games across all competitions.

Such an underwhelming return has seen the pressure crank up on Pochettino but England international Alli insists the team is united.

"Yeah, 1,000 per cent [we're behind Pochettino]. A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him," Alli said.

"We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.

"When things are not going our way it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players. We are doing that and we are going to keep working hard."

Alli acknowledges the team are going through their worst spell under Pochettino but believes there may have been an overreaction to their slump.

"It is strange because since we have been together we probably have not been through this situation," he said.

"But I do not think it is that much of a big deal. We have just got to keep working hard and focus on ourselves, not listen to too much that is going on around the outside.

"It is a new experience for a lot of us here, that is probably why the reaction has been [what it has]. People are making a bigger deal out of it than maybe what it actually is.

"Ever since we have been together with the manager we have got and the players we have got, we need to be winning every game.

"Every club has it where they have a little bit of a dip. When we are so used to winning, it is important we show our character and how strong we really are as a team and a club."

Tottenham go to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Thibaut Courtois made the move to Real Madrid in 2018, but he is already seemingly under pressure in Spain.

Life at the Santiago Bernabeu has not gone according to plan for the former Chelsea goalkeeper.

And Madrid already have their eyes on a potential replacement…

 

TOP STORY – MADRID EYE SIMON AS COURTOIS REPLACEMENT

Real Madrid have identified Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois, according to El Desmarque.

Courtois swapped Chelsea for Madrid in 2018, yet the Belgium international has not convinced amid growing criticism in the Spanish capital.

Simon has reportedly attracted interest from Madrid, who would need to pay the 22-year-old's €50million release clause.

 

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Borussia Dortmund fear losing Manchester United target Jadon Sancho, according to Sport1. Sancho was suspended for last week's Bundesliga win over Borussia Monchengladbach after returning late from international duty.

- Sport claims Barcelona are ready to offload midfielders Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig in January. Rakitic has been heavily linked to Serie A side Inter, while Tottenham are rumoured to be interested in Alena.

Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Mario Mandzukic after the Juventus striker slashed his wage demands, according to The Sun. Mandzukic is out of favour in Turin and set to leave in the January transfer window.

- Sport Bild says Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has turned down offers from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig and Roma. The 23-year-old only wants to join Bayern Munich should he leave Schalke when his contract expires at the end of the season.

- The German publication also claims Ralf Rangnick is a candidate to replace Niko Kovac if Bayern Munich decide to part with their current head coach. Bild, however, also says Rangnick is a candidate at Manchester United.

- Calciomercato says AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund are interested in Bayern Munich centre-back Lars Lukas Mai. Dortmund is believed to be the teenager's favoured destination.

- Real Madrid have informed Brahim Diaz he can leave the LaLiga club, reports AS. It comes less than a year after his arrival from Manchester City.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino joked that he will give his players a day off to stop all the rumours about unrest at Spurs following their Champions League victory.

Last season's runners-up Tottenham claimed a confidence-boosting 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in London on Tuesday.

Spurs have been unable to reach the lofty heights of last term after a difficult start to 2019-20 – highlighted by a 7-2 humbling against Bayern Munich – amid doubts over Pochettino's future.

There has been speculation that Tottenham players are unhappy with Pochettino's methods following just three wins from nine Premier League matches to start the season but the Argentine boss joked about the rumours post-game.

"I think it's about now staying calm," Pochettino said in his post-game news conference. "It's a good result but only three points. Now we have ahead a lot of tough games that are coming. We need to be solid. I want them to all be fresh that is why tomorrow they are going to have a day off, you know to stop all the rumours [laughs].

"Of course Thursday we are going to start to train and prepare for the game on Sunday. It's going to be a fantastic game. A few months ago we were playing the final against Liverpool and now in Anfield, a great atmosphere, with all the confidence to go there and try to have a very good performance again."

Asked if he is happy with the dynamic, Pochettino – who has been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester United – told reporters: "I am not happy and not not happy. I am facing the situation how the situation is, the situation we are living now.

"Of course, I am very realistic but in the same way it's a massive experience for us, a group that has never before lived this situation. It's all new.

"We have more experience because we're older men, Jesus is more than me, more experienced than me, but I think it's a great moment to grow, be more mature and of course it should help us to be stronger in the future."

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min led the way with braces, while Erik Lamela was also on target against Red Star and Pochettino added: "It was so important, an important result for our confidence and to add three points in the table for us was very, very important tonight. Of course very pleased.

"After the second half against Watford I was happy, not great as I told you, now the same, not great but good. I feel good. We start to see that it's only time that we need to recover our best feelings.

"We need to build that confidence of course. We need to go step by step, being solid again and that is only the first step, like the second half at Watford, to build again our confidence and try to perform in the way that we and everyone expect."

Harry Kane says Tottenham have still "got a long way to go" but believes they are moving in the right direction after an emphatic 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

Speculation had been mounting over Mauricio Pochettino's future after a run of just one win in seven games, but the Spurs boss will breathe a little easier after his side dispatched their Serbian opponents with the minimum of fuss.

Kane's opener and two goals from Son Heung-min put them 3-0 ahead at the interval before Erik Lamela added a fourth and Kane rounded off the scoring to seal a first Champions League win of the season.

Spurs, languishing seventh in the Premier League, return to domestic duty at the weekend with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, but Kane has seen enough to suggest they can cause Jurgen Klopp's side problems.

"It's great and exactly what we needed to do," he told BT Sport. "We know we have had a tough run of results and that was the perfect way to respond.

"We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high. Of course, we needed to score early on but we were ruthless in front of goal and got the clean sheet as well.

"The most important thing was the win. To win 5-0 was exactly what we needed.

"We've got a long way to go. Hopefully we can build on this. Liverpool is a tough game coming up. Obviously, they have started the season fantastically, but hopefully we can win that game."

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored doubles to ease the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino and kick-start Tottenham's Champions League campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Spurs have endured a difficult start to the season, with just one win in their previous seven games - including a 7-2 European defeat to Bayern Munich - leading to speculation that Pochettino's position could be under threat.

His side made light work of accommodating opponents on Tuesday, though, as goals from Kane and Son inside the opening 16 minutes gave them the platform for a first Champions League win of the season.

Son added a third in the 44th minute before Erik Lamela and Kane scored in the second half to help Spurs move up to second in Group B, five points behind Bayern.

Spurs started on the front foot and went ahead in the ninth minute, Kane losing his marker at the near post and glancing Erik Lamela's inswinging corner past Milan Borjan.

Lamela was the provider again after 16 minutes, cutting back inside down the right and picking out Son at the far post, where the South Korean steered a powerful half-volley high into Borjan's net.

Borjan then twice prevented Spurs from increasing their advantage midway through the first half, superbly pawing away efforts from Tanguy Ndombele and Lamela.

There was little he could do about Spurs' third shortly before half-time, however, as Son coolly slotted past the keeper from eight yards after being played in by Ndombele.

Lamela spurned two glorious chances at the start of the second period before finally finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. The 27-year-old collected Serge Aurier's pass inside the area, spun away from his marker and blazed past Borjan.

The Red Star goalkeeper denied a clean-through Lamela soon after, while Son clipped into his side-netting after a surging run.

Kane got the better of Borjan in the 72nd minute, though, slotting into his left-hand corner from 10 yards to seal a dominant win that suggests Pochettino's players are still fighting for him. 

 

What does it mean? Don't write Spurs off just yet

Speaking ahead of this game, Kane said it could just take one positive result to turn Spurs' stuttering season around – this might be it. Pochettino will certainly breathe a little easier after a ruthless display that suggested there is still plenty of life left in a side that has been written off by many.

Lamela in fine form

The Argentina international was central to Spurs' success, putting in two delicious crosses that were clinically dispatched by Kane and Son in the early stages and scoring a superb fourth in the second half. 

Lloris' understudy looking shaky

Hugo Lloris' replacement, Paulo Gazzaniga, did not have a great deal to do but when called into action he hardly inspired confidence. Spurs fans will be hoping the France World Cup winner returns to action sooner rather than later.

What's next?

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, while Red Star are in domestic action against Radnik Surdulica a day earlier.

Christian Eriksen would shine at Bayern Munich if his time at Tottenham is winding to a close, says ex-Spurs midfielder Steffen Freund.

Eriksen missed Saturday's 1-1 draw against Watford with a dead leg and has been in and out of Mauricio Pochettino's first XI during a fitful start to the season, which finds Spurs lying seventh in the Premier League with three wins from nine matches.

The Denmark playmaker is expected to return for Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade, where Tottenham will look to bounce back from a chastening 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern.

Speculation over Eriksen's future has been rife in recent months, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Despite the influence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Freund believes the 27-year-old remains the key man at Tottenham – an outstanding assist for Yussuf Poulsen in Denmark's 1-0 win over Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualification this month underlining his quality.

"Sure, Eriksen makes the difference for Tottenham. This is one of the reasons why Tottenham are struggling at the moment," Freund told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, driven by the new Nissan Juke.

"He was a difference-maker for them. Yes, they have Kane and Son, but Christian Eriksen with his free-kicks, maybe you saw his assist against Switzerland - he is on the sideline, looks one way but sees Poulsen on the other side and plays a perfect no-look pass.

"He has incredible quality. And Bayern can use this quality any time."

Bayern visit Olympiacos in possession of top spot in Group B but they have not been as authoritative domestically this season.

Chasing an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, Niko Kovac's side are third after their weekend draw at Augsburg – the fourth time in eight top-flight matches they have failed to take three points.

Christian Eriksen was rumoured to be close to leaving Tottenham at the beginning of the season.

Real Madrid were among the clubs interested in the Dane, whose contract expires in 2020, but a move did not materialise before the end of the transfer window.

But that has not deterred the Spanish giants, with Zinedine Zidane willing to move two fringe players away from them Santiago Bernabeu to get a deal done for the 27-year-old.

 

TOP STORY - LOS BLANCOS PAVING WAY FOR ERIKSEN

Real Madrid could reignite their interest in Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, AS reports a move will only happen if Madrid dispense of two players.

Isco and Mariano Diaz are understood to be the most likely to be sacrificed.

Mariano is yet to make a single appearance this season but could command a fee of around €20million, while Isco's two LaLiga starts came in the draw against Real Valladolid in August and last weekend's loss to Mallorca.

 

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- Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being eyed up by Crystal Palace for a January switch across London, according to the Daily Star.

- El Mundo reports Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have ended their dispute over the transfer of Antoine Griezmann with an extra €15m changing hands.

- The Daily Mail claim Arsenal are in pole position to sign RB Leipzig's France Under-21 defender Dayot Upamecano.

- Italy boss Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to the national team for veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi as he shapes his squad for Euro 2020.

- The Sun says Juventus and Atletico Madrid are chasing 19-year-old West Bromwich Albion defender Nathan Ferguson.

Harry Kane acknowledged he is experiencing his toughest period at Tottenham but has backed the club to get out of their slump.

Spurs were held to a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw by Watford on Saturday, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's side without a win in three matches in all competitions.

They are seventh in the Premier League and go into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade third in Group B after picking up just one point from their first two games.

Kane is at a loss to explain the club's poor run of form but believes they are only one positive result away from turning their season around.

"It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong," the England international told a media conference. "Sometimes when you're having a run of form like this, things don't always go your way in games.

"It's about sticking together and if we win tomorrow night that can kick-start us.

"It's probably the toughest time since I've been here. It’s just another challenge, though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.

"We went through an experience in the last Champions League campaign where we had less points than we do now. We know about the effort it takes to get through a Champions League group. We have to believe and fight for everything together."

Kane also dismissed rumours Tottenham's players are fatigued after being overworked by Pochettino.  

"There’s going to be speculation when things aren't going well, when you're not winning games," he added. "People will look from the outside for excuses. From our point of view, we work hard every day.

"We have worked hard since the manager came here to improve as players and as a team; that hasn't changed.

"It would be wrong to do more or less. We need to carry on doing what we have always done and that is keep working as hard as possible."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club's situation looks worse due to heightened expectations after last year's run to the Champions League final.

Pochettino oversaw a stunning campaign in Europe last time out, with his side ultimately succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to domestic rivals Liverpool in Madrid.

The club have endured a sobering start to the 2019-20 campaign, though, languishing seventh in the Premier League and suffering a 7-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich earlier this month.

Their form has led to speculation that Pochettino's position could be under threat, but the 47-year-old does not think the situation is as dire as many have suggested and says he is working hard to turn around his players' confidence.

"The expectation changed after the Champions League final and that is why the situation looks worse," he told a media conference ahead of Spurs' Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

"The most important thing is to build our confidence again. When all the circumstances are against you, you need to be strong and work harder because you need to expend more energy.

"I am talking to the players collectively and individually. For many of our players this is the first time they've been in a tough period.

"For 99 per cent of our players they were in a very good period for the past five years. It's a very new thing for them.

"Every game is important. It's important to win tomorrow to be in a good position in the table. In this type of period our worst opponent is ourselves and we need to build our confidence."

Pochettino added he is not surprised at rumours over his future, suggesting past success counts for little in football.

"That’s football; I’m not surprised," he said. "In the same way they praise you, football is all about winning. What happened yesterday is gone."

Tottenham are third in Champions League Group B, having picked up just one point from their opening two games. 

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld insisted Spurs are still "fighting" for manager Mauricio Pochettino amid the club's struggles.

Spurs were held to a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw by Watford on Saturday, leaving Tottenham without a win in three matches in all competitions.

Pochettino's future has come into question as Tottenham languish in seventh position, while they were humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League prior to the international break.

However, Alderweireld said Spurs are behind Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season.

"There is a team on the pitch and you see us fighting," Belgium international Alderweireld said.

"Everyone is behind the club and the manager otherwise we could not have put the effort we put in."

Alderweireld added: "I think we didn't make the right decisions. At the end they had one long ball and they scored. It's difficult, not positive, but in the second half we changed the game.

"We did a lot better. We could have scored a lot more goals. We need to improve and improve and improve. It's the same players [as last season] and we have to get out of this."

Tottenham host Red Star Belgrade on matchday three in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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