Pochettino used Liverpool win to motivate us - Rose

Danny Rose said Mauricio Pochettino used Liverpool's turnaround against Barcelona to inspire his Tottenham players to a thrilling Champions League comeback victory over Ajax.

Tottenham booked their place in the final against Liverpool after Lucas Moura's second-half hat-trick brought them back from the brink at Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax led their semi-final 3-0 on aggregate at half-time in the second leg only to go out on away goals.

Full-back Rose said the Spurs players watched Liverpool's 4-0 second-leg victory over Barcelona 24 hours before the game and that Pochettino pointed to the Reds' attitude as something to aspire to.

"We saw Liverpool last night," Rose told BT Sport. "It goes to show it's not over until it's over.

"There were a few words said at half-time and we came out and played like that. It just goes to show we can beat anybody when we play like that.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) celebrates his side's third goal with his players
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier (left) and Hugo Lloris celebrate after the game
Ajax's Noussair Mazraoui (2nd left) sits dejected after the final whistle
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rues a missed chance for his side
AMSTERDAM , 08-05-2019 , De Marktkantine , Football , Semi final Champions League second leg , season 2018 / 2019. Ajax fans watching the match Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur on a big screen. (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Tottenham Hotspur player Lucas Moura celebrating his 2-1 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM , 08-05-2019 , De Marktkantine , Football , Semi final Champions League second leg , season 2018 / 2019. Ajax fans watching the match Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur on a big screen. (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax player Matthijs de Ligt celebrating his 1-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Tottenham Hotspur player Fernando Llorette (L) celebrating 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur player Lucas Moura (R) during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax goalkeeper Nicolas Tagliafico dejected after 2-2 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
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AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Hakim Ziyech scores 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Hakim Ziyech scores 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur. Dusan Tadic (R) (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax player Hakim Ziyech celebrating his 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Lasse Schoene of Ajax Amsterdam looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier (left) and Lucas Moura celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scores his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Ben Davies, Fernando Llorente, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Lamela celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
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"The gaffer mentioned it [the Liverpool game] at the hotel before we left. He just said that's the right attitude.

"He doesn't mind losing but you have to lose in the right way. How we started against Ajax in the first game wasn't the right way.

"If we'd not won tonight he'd have been proud of the way we played at the end."

Fellow defender Toby Alderweireld, who started his career at Ajax, said Pochettino's men showed more desire to win.

The Belgium international left Ajax for Atletico Madrid in 2013 before arriving at Tottenham via Southampton, and he paid tribute to the Amsterdam club while hailing his current side's staying power.

"It's mentally very hard you know. If you concede two goals, you have to score three. I think this shows the team mentality," said Alderweireld, whose side are fourth in the Premier League.

"[It has been] a difficult season for us, and, if you see our circumstances, to perform in the second half like this, it's unbelievable.

"We put our heart on the pitch and I think after the first leg everyone was saying 'Ajax, Ajax', but we showed we wanted it more. I'm so proud of this team.

"We have to show them [Ajax] a lot of respect.

"They have a great philosophy and I'm very proud to have a history with Ajax. Credit to them."

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