Mauricio Pochettino was informed how Liverpool fans reacted when Arsenal scored v Spurs


The north London derby on Sunday had it all, didn’t it?

Six goals, crunching tackles, a melee, two penalties and a red card.

It was Arsenal that came away with all three points, coming from 2-1 down to triumph 4-2 at the Emirates.

It was 90 minutes that had every football fan in the country captivated.

And that includes Liverpool fans awaiting their Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield, it seems.

Liverpool supporters would have been watching the game in the concourse or following it on their phones when Arsenal turned on the style.

And it seems many Kopites were rather enjoying that.

That’s according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino anyway, who was informed by his chief scout that Liverpool supporters cheered when Arsenal took the lead.

“Steve Hitchen (Tottenham’s chief scout) was at the ­Liverpool game against ­Everton and was watching our match before in the stadium," Pochettino explained, per the Mirror.

"And when Arsenal scored the third goal, all the Liverpool fans celebrated. It’s clear we are doing something good."

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Pochettino also spoke about how Arsenal fans and players celebrated wildly on social media after their victory with the Argentine taking it as a compliment.

“What that shows, first of all, is the respect they have for us. When people celebrate like this, it’s because they respect you and see you as a big club," Pochettino added.

“It was a massive win for them. Of course, for us, it was a massive disappointment… but it showed the respect we have got in the last few years, with our performances and results.


“That respect, I love this ­respect. I love it when the ­people celebrate when they beat you. I don’t like it when the people don’t celebrate, ­because it’s normal to beat Tottenham. That makes me feel so proud.”

Of course, Liverpool fans were celebrating even more a couple of hours later when Divock Origi scored in the 96th-minute to win the Merseyside derby.

But the Reds will be looking over their shoulder at both Spurs and Arsenal with both north London clubs snapping at their heels.

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