Antonio Conte says he could be Tottenham’s answer to Jurgen Klopp but has warned the club must "spend a lot of money or hope for a miracle" to compete with Liverpool.

In the strongest indication yet that he may be prepared to commit to Spurs long-term, Conte said Klopp’s Liverpool were a "good example" to follow and suggested he would sign a new contract if he was sure he would be backed in the same way as the German at Anfield.

Conte’s deal runs until the end of next season but the Italian has consistently refused to commit to Spurs beyond the end of the current campaign.

Liverpool were 10th in the table when Klopp was appointed in October 2015 but he has led them to three Champions League Finals, beating Spurs in 2019, and a first league title in 30 years. Ahead of Spurs’ visit to Anfield on Saturday, the Reds are still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple.

Asked if there were comparisons between Liverpool when Klopp took over and Spurs today, Conte told Standard Sport: “I don’t know but if I was sure that type of situation could happen [here], I’d sign [a new contract]!

“But the time for Liverpool was easier than now," Conte added. “When Liverpool started this work with Jurgen, they were a top team but not in a way they are now - consolidated with an important manager, always the same team, big investment, big money spent in the transfer market.