Apologetic Hugo Lloris lucky not to cause accident, says Mauricio Pochettino

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World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has admitted being more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police in central London. "But it was more a wake-up for the players, that we can not do it like this".

Lloris suffered a thigh injury ahead of the Watford clash on September 2 and missed France's worldwide games this week as a result.

Lloris, who was sentenced for a drink-driving charge earlier this week, suffered the problem in August's win over Manchester United.

"Of course, any woman, man, person can make a mistake". A lot of people watch our games when we play Champions League and that's our job that we do the best we can do in all these games. Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, one target to evade Pochettino, might have been a stand-in for Alli. "Hopefully it will be OK and he will be available again soon like Dele Alli".

But Lloris's London club are now left to ponder what to do with their starting keeper after his conviction for a serious driving offence.

Asked whether Liverpool are likely to rotate their line-ups over the coming weeks, the boss told his pre-match press conference: "Of course, we have to". We used the players who had the longest pre-season pretty much; apart from Bobby, who came pretty late, they all had at least three weeks. I allowed him to go there. "I think they'll win this one but toppling Manchester City for the title will be so hard".

"We are in a situation that is under control".

Toby Alderweireld appears to have forced his way back in to Pochettino's side so the Belgian global should keep his place alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen while youngster Davinson Sanchez could get another start at the back. The Belgian defender, who was expected to leave this summer, is back in the fold, but his current deal expires in 2020.

Lloris, along with Dele Alli, is injured and will miss the visit of Liverpool to Wembley tomorrow, but the French World Cup victor will resume the club captaincy when he comes back.



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