“It was a tactical decision. We went with two strikers on the pitch. We had Dele, we had Gareth Bale, we had Lamela and Lucas to eventually come into these two positions of mobility and we decided to leave Carlos out but not injured. Only two play.”

Carlos Vinicius did not feature in the 2-1 loss to Liverpool. (GETTY Images)

Carlos Vinicius’ loan deal expires at the end of the season (GETTY Images)

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Vinicius started in the games against Aston Villa and Newcastle United but was as a substitute against Manchester United last time out before being completely chopped against Everton. The Brazilian has scored ten goals since coming in on loan from SL Benfica last summer. As things stand, it seems a bit unlikely that Tottenham will sign him on a permanent basis when his loan deal runs out.