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Rose has big role in Spurs' future, says Pochettino


By Tom Alnutt

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham defender Danny Rose does have a long-term future at the club.

Rose came off the bench against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday to make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury almost nine months ago.

It was also Rose's first game back since suggesting in August he would be open to leaving the north London outfit, and questioning the club's transfer policy.

Pochettino has shown little patience with such indiscipline in the past, but said yesterday that Rose is now happy at Spurs and ready to stay long term.

"Of course, he has four years more on his contract," the Argentinian said of the 27-year-old ahead of tomorrow's clash with Liverpool.

"You could see he helped the team in the final few minutes against Real. He is happy, his behaviour is fantastic.

"His mind is clear that what happened is in the past and we need to move on. He is part of my plans. The past is in the past.

"They are young and make mistakes but the most important thing is that they learn from that. Fans want the best for the team and Danny is our player."

Rose is unlikely to start against Liverpool as he is still regaining match fitness, while Ben Davies has recovered from the illness that prevented him from playing at the Bernabeu.

There was worse news, however, regarding both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama will see a specialist next week as he continues to struggle with a knee problem, while Dembele's injury-ridden campaign is now being hampered by a fresh hip problem.

Dembele's latest setback came in a training session on Monday, after the Belgian had already been sidelined by foot and ankle issues this season.

The outlook for Erik Lamela is more optimistic. He has endured a nightmare year due to a problem with his hips, but Pochettino said the winger could be among the substitutes for next week's Carabao Cup tie against West Ham.

If he plays at the London Stadium, it would be exactly a year to the day since his last appearance in the same competition.

• Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes a 'world class' Harry Kane poses a bigger threat to his side than Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku did last weekend.

The Reds boss succeeded in keeping Lukaku quiet - although the job was made easier by United's tactics and the Belgium striker's reluctance to engage when out of possession.

But Klopp believes Kane, who has 15 goals in 15 appearances for club and country and 81 goals in 102 Premier League matches in the past three years, is a different prospect.

"They are both fantastic strikers," he said. "The difference is that Harry is more a part of the game when he is not scoring - but I am pretty sure Lukaku can make these steps too.

"We avoided the balls to Lukaku and that must be key for Harry as well but if we are too concentrated on one player then Dele Alli is everywhere or Christian Eriksen makes passes.

"It will be a big challenge for them in the next few years because Harry is not only one of the best strikers in Europe, he is one of the best strikers in the world, 100 per cent."

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