By Tony Hughes

Josh Onomah has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino urged him to have fun ahead of his Tottenham debut.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder played his first senior game in October of last year, when he was an 80th minute substitute against Anderlecht in the Europa League.

Onomah made his Premier League debut against Aston Villa last November and has shared what Pochettino told him when he was unleashed a year ago.

“The gaffer said, ‘enjoy yourself, we know you’re a good player, go and show what you can do’,” Onomah told Sky Sports 1’s build-up to the League Cup clash between Liverpool and Tottenham on Tuesday night.

“To hear the manager say that he thinks you’re a good player is brilliant for your confidence.”

Onomah has been named in the Spurs starting XI for the Liverpool match as Pochettino overhauls the team that drew 0-0 against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

It is the 25th Spurs appearance for the teenager and his sixth start.

Onomah is joined in the team by fellow academy products Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers, while summer signing Georges Kevin-Nkoudou is handed his full debut.

Spurs, who are managing the triple demands of Premier League, Champions League and League Cup fixtures, fielded a team filled with fringe and academy players for their third-round 5-0 demolition of Gillingham last month.

Pochettino has opted for a similar team, although the youngsters are joined by squad players Michael Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer, Ben Davies, Tom Carroll and Vincent Janssen, as well as England international Dier, who captains the team.

Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, a point and two places better off than Tottenham.

In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino has revealed a Spurs playmaker will be sidelined until nearly Christmas.