BBC pundit says Liverpool ace Coutinho responsible for Tottenham boss anger

Garth Crooks said Coutinho scoring will have particularly frustrated Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes Tottenham allowing Coutinho to score past them at the weekend particularly frustrated boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino used to manage the Brazilian at Espanyol in La Liga, and is well aware of the threat the Liverpool ace possesses.

Coutinho scored the opener in  a 1-1 draw, which led to Spurs going seven points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City, who beat Southampton.

Crooks wrote in his BBC column: "The reality is that Coutinho could have had a hat-trick against Spurs.

"No wonder Mauricio Pochettino punched the turf in despair at the final whistle. The Spurs manager knew all about Coutinho from his time with him at Espanyol but he still could not stop the Brazilian from putting an enormous dent in Tottenham's title challenge."

At the time of the draw it was unclear the effect the draw had, and in theory a point in a tough fixture which Spurs lost last season, was not too terrible a result.

Yet with Leicester winning, it increases the pressure on Spurs, who play Manchester United in their next match, after the Foxes visit Sunderland, with the gap potentially increasing to 10 points if Claudio Ranieri's side rack up another victory.

Liverpool meanwhile are in ninth position, having gained just one points from their last two games.

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