Jürgen Klopp has poured scorn on Gary Neville's suggestion that Liverpool should overlook the Champions League in favour of focusing on a title challenge by saying that "sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job".
"I know that's very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks".
Liverpool have won their opening four games of a league season for the first time since 1990-91 under Kenny Dalglish.
The Merseyside outfit earned huge amounts of praise for their fine form in Europe least season as they reached the Champions League final but ended up losing to Real Madrid.
"When a striker does not fill the net and does not score goals, always you need to find some reason why but I think he is fit", Pochettino said.
"You have to appreciate the fans are spending their hard-earned money, put out the best team and go and try and win it".
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A year ago I don't think even Gary Neville would have said 'let City win in the Champions League.' Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job.
Discussing the global break, Klopp said: "It's a big challenge but it's the same for all of us".
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.
He said: 'Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work. An attacking game. Both teams play attacking football.
"I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost".
Goalkeeper Lloris sustained a thigh problem during last month's 3-0 win at Manchester United, which meant he missed the subsequent 2-1 loss at Watford and France's worldwide commitments over the past week.
France's World Cup-winning captain Lloris is "expected to be out for several weeks" with a thigh injury according to the club, while manager Mauricio Pochettino is more hopeful Alli could return in time for the trip to Brighton on Sep 22. I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost.