Mauricio Pochettino will send Tottenham’s young players to face Liverpool in the League Cup later this month, regardless of the Reds’ policy of playing a full-strength side.
The League Cup is Pochettino’s fourth priority and he will use it as a means to give first-team football to youth and fringe players.
They beat Gillingham 5-0 last month with a side featuring Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks, Tom Carroll and Josh Onomah, and the Argentine has suggested that a similar side will play at Anfield.
“For me, they are not kids or boys, they are players,” he told the Ham&High. “To show and to prove that they can compete and have the quality to stay in the first team, it is the same to play against Gillingham at White Hart Lane and against Liverpool at Anfield. They need to show [what they can do].
“We believe in them and if my team is the same as against Gillingham or there are some changes, they need to prove they have quality. You know, always the big, big players start their careers [somewhere] and they need to make their debut sometimes in a difficult place like Anfield.
“We are involved in the Champions League and [Liverpool] are not involved in European competition so it’s a good opportunity for our players who don’t play too much, or the younger players, to build their reputation and build their career and confidence for the future.”