Pochettino explains why Liverpool game was difficult for Tottenham's Clinton N'Jie

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Mauricio Pochettino believes it was hard for Clinton N'Jie to settle against Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told BBC Sport that it was difficult for Clinton N'Jie to come in so early on against Liverpool.

Spurs drew 0-0 with Jurgen Klopp's Reds on Saturday afternoon, and can count themselves somewhat unlucky having had great chances to score through Harry Kane and Clinton N'Jie, but Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet produced fine saves.

A point was a fine result for Spurs though, who have still lost just once in the Premier League this season - and that came all the way back on the opening day of the season against Manchester United.

Pochettino may feel that he could have won the game had Nacer Chadli managed to stay on the pitch, but the Belgian international was substituted after just 11 minutes.

Summer signing N'Jie came on, and whilst he was bright and direct, offering pace to the Spurs side, Pochettino told BBC Sport that he felt it was difficult for N'Jie to settle in to the game, due to the frenetic pace the match was being played at.

"I think that the injury of Chadli changed our plan a little bit," said Pochettino. "It was difficult for Clinton N'Jie to settle in the game because of the high tempo," he added.

N'Jie showed some potential against Liverpool, but as a young player new to the Premier League, it will take time to settle in English football - never mind just in one game as Pochettino claims about the Liverpool clash.

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