Lallana, 26, earned a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year last term under Pochettino’s management at Southampton, recording nine goals and eight assists as an ever-present in the top-flight.
Going on to earn a £25 million move to Anfield in the summer on the back of making England’s World Cup squad, the former Saints star returned from a recent groin complaint to face his old boss in last night’s 3-2 home win over Spurs, and expressed his delight at claiming three vital points towards their Champions League push.
"I was eager to get on the pitch,” he said. “Playing against your old manager is always nice. Tottenham have had a remarkable season and they are in the final of the Capital One Cup.
"I've worked with Mauricio and he's a top, top manager and he's got the players playing really well.
"It was nice for us to get the three points tonight. It puts us in a great position - one point behind them and hopefully we can kick on."
Liverpool managed a straightforward 3-0 win over Spurs the first time the two teams met this season, and Lallana has stressed how much Pochettino’s side have improved since August’s clash at White Hart Lane.
“Tottenham are a different team to the one that we played on the third day of the season,” he added. “I watched the game against Arsenal and they definitely deserved to win that.
"They are playing with high pressure and it was an end-to-end game tonight. For the neutral, it was probably great to watch and fortunately for us, we came up in the last 15 minutes with good character and got the goal.”
Liverpool are now just one point behind sixth-placed Tottenham in the table after 25 games, having gone nine top-flight matches unbeaten since a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United in mid-December.