Money and time will help Tottenham follow in Liverpool's successful footsteps, says Antonio Conte

Tottenham travel to Anfield on Saturday evening looking to upset the title challengers and continue their pursuit of Champions League qualification.

Tottenham have certainly improved since Antonio Conte's arrival in north London, but with the Italian boss yet to fully pledge his future to Spurs, the 52-year-old suggested a club structure like Liverpool's would convince him to stay.

Liverpool have thrived under Jurgen Klopp, with the German manager transforming the Reds from a side struggling to reach the top four to a club consistently competing for Europe's top prize.

But Klopp's project in Merseyside is now going on seven years strong, and Conte believes time mixed with strong investment is the answer to reaching the top.

Harry Kane, Antonio Conte

"To reduce this gap, you need to spend a lot of money because you need to buy important players. You have to know this otherwise you cannot reduce this gap and hope always for a miracle.

"First of all, I think it depends on the desire of the club. I think Liverpool put Jurgen in charge seven years ago, they wanted to build something important and to bring Liverpool again to fight for (the) Champions League, to win titles and to continue the important story of Liverpool.

"I think maybe he signed a contract for three years and then extended. For sure, if you want to create something important you need time, you need patience - especially if you start to work with a team that start behind the top positions. It is not easy.

"You need time. I think in these seven months, we did a really good job with the club and the opportunity we had also in January to sign two good players for us, to help us, to improve the quality of the team.

"I think we did a good job but, for sure, you need time. Liverpool is a clear example. I don't want to tell something wrong but maybe they struggle, no? They struggle at the start of Klopp's path with Liverpool, also to qualify for the Champions League.

"Maybe they needed four years before they started to win.

Tottenham have failed to find a long-term replacement in the managerial hotseat since Mauricio Pochettino's sacking, with Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo following him out the exit.

Conte has already shown improvement since arriving in north London, but Champions League qualification is essential to his plans.

With Tottenham currently two points behind north London rivals Arsenal, a result on Saturday evening would be crucial to their top four hopes.

But Spurs come up against a superb Liverpool side fresh from reaching the Champions League final this week. With the quadruple still up for grabs, Tottenham will have to be at their best if they are to upset the odds.

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