That relative lack of financial muscle, in particular compared to the two Manchester clubs, explains why Klopp and Pochettino have been widely lauded for the jobs they have done despite so far failing to win any silverware in England.
The Merseysiders have slipped six points adrift of second-placed Man Utd following their win today but a win tomorrow would not only cut the gap on them but also move Jurgen Klopp's side five points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham.
They now sit only two points outside the top four, and can rise into the Champions League qualification spots this weekend - as long as results go their way.
"It's the most similar game to playing City".
Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
"Virgil van Dijk was also a good signing but he may take a little time to embed".
"And we are close to having the squad fully fit, which is good news for us".
The north Londoners, unbeaten in nine matches, host Newport County at Wembley this Wednedsay in an FA Cup fourth round replay before entertaining bitterest rivals Arsenal in the league on Saturday. Languid, lethargic and curiously lacking in intensity, Tottenham were outplayed from start to finish by Liverpool, who scored twice in quick succession early on and coasted to a 2-0 victory.
He described his own January signing - £25m Lucas Moura who was out-of-favour at Paris Saint-Germain - as opportunistic.
Spurs have not done the league double over their Merseyside opponents since the 2010-11 campaign. His average of 3.2 tackles per match is more than any other Premier League defender who has made more than 10 appearances. And on the face of things, Sunday's game at Anfield has the feel of an even scrap, an arm-wrestle for the last Champions League place. In Brazil, we call this type of game a "six-point game".
Sterling, himself hit by a bad tackle from Tottenham's Harry Kane in December, said: "I find it a bit unfair at times". In the last five encounters between the two teams, Liverpool have won 2 and drawn 2.
A number of the Premier League leaders' players have been on the receiving end of controversial tackles in recent months, with manager Pep Guardiola repeatedly calling for referees to provide better protection.
The 47-year-old oversaw Liverpool's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in September, when Sadio Mané was sent off for a high boot, as well as Spurs' defeat away at United.