Pochettino: 'Unbelievable' Balotelli not important for Spurs

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that "unbelievable" striker Mario Balotelli is not important for Spurs as they prepare to face Liverpool.

Tottenham are preparing to face Liverpool in a huge game for both sides on Sunday afternoon, and new Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli could be set to make his debut in the clash.

Spurs fans will be hoping for a better outcome against the Reds under Pochettino this time around after they lost 5-0 at White Hart Lane last term before losing 4-0 at Anfield.

Balotelli has been brought in to replace Luis Suarez at Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will likely hand him his debut up front alongside Daniel Sturridge in Sunday's game against Spurs.

The former Manchester City forward scored on his debut's for City and AC Milan and will be hoping to keep that trend going if he appears at White Hart Lane for the first time in his career this weekend.

Though Pochettino claims that the Italian striker is "not important" for Spurs despite praising his abilities as a player.

"The only thing is that he is a very good player, a star. For England, for our football, it is important that star players come here.

"Mario Balotelli is an unbelievable player and that he has very good skill. And, okay, it is important for football and for Liverpool, not for us."

Spurs have yet to concede in two games this season and currently sit at the top of the Premier League table after two wins.

Pochettino has won all four games as Spurs manager this season, and he will be hoping to keep that record intact against the side that tore Spurs apart in both fixtures last season.

"The past is the past," Pochettino said of the two defeats Spurs suffered last year. "I don't want to remember the past.

"It is a new season, I think a different style, different philosophy. Liverpool invested a lot of money this summer and we went another way.

"We believe in our squad and add some players for the balance. Our philosophy is play football along the grass, make good combinations, work hard and, at the moment, they are happy," the Argentine added.

Spurs have a new signing of their own that could play against Balotelli on Sunday as Federico Fazio completed his switch to Spurs from Sevilla earlier this week.

He appeared in front of fans at White Hart Lane last night before kick-off against AEL Limassol in their Europa League clash, but Pochettino does not know if he will be ready for the game on Sunday just yet.

"We will see. It is important that he adapts to the squad and the new philosophy because he played in Sevilla.

"Today it is too early to say if it is possible whether he will be involved in the squad for Sunday."

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