Wijnaldum points to confidence Alisson gives Liverpool team-mates

Mohamed Salah scores- Mo Salah provides magic touch as Liverpool reach Champions League knockouts in tense win over Napoli

But Owen is a fan, saying on BT Sport: "I think the manager has to take some of the blame - the system, the way he plays". It's hard when you're on a tough run.

The England midfielder told Sky Sports: "It's been a really good season in terms of points, although we can probably look back and say we needed to perform better".

"All the players can struggle sometimes in some actions but the most important thing is to see the big picture, and he was very good".

Ulterior theories began floating around that the lack of emotion proves the Egyptian won't be satisfied until he and the Reds go one better than previous year.

On Saturday at Dean Court, the 26-year-old flourished while leading the line with Roberto Firmino, scoring a treble that matched and shattered some record - even moving him closer to Lionel Messi in the top European leagues scoring charts.

Their performance against Liverpool last week was encouraging, though, with the Clarets taking the lead before eventually losing 3-1.

Laurent Koscielny Recovered In Good Time - Unai Emery
As the January transfer window draws nearer, it is inevitable that the Gunners will be linked with a number of different players.

Of course, Liverpool got their revenge with Mertens experiencing a quiet game and being substituted late on as the home side qualified for the knockout stages.

Most of the time it's the goals that command the headlines, but this week it seems saves are the talking point of choice.

Pochettino will be alive to possibilities in the January window, having signed nobody last summer, but he suggested he was as concerned to move on players who are on the fringes of the squad.

"They're effective within that, the tempo of how they play".

Spurs have signed only Lucas Moura in the past 15 months and it would be decidedly underwhelming if they went into the second half of the campaign without any reinforcements for their promising Premier League and Champions League assaults.

That honour is shared by captain Sergio Ramos and World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane.

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