Ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday, the Barça captain was speaking at his first press conference in four years and he was asked about his thoughts on the European Golden Shoe.
But Pochettino could have Winks as an option vs Jurgen Klopp's side. He has nearly none of the blame for what happened against Liverpool.
"It was very tough, it has been very hard to pull ourselves back up because the days go by and you can't forget this defeat".
"It's a final so we have to play it for what it is and not think about anything else".
"I blame the squad. That's one of the reasons why we lost". "I think in that elimination against Liverpool, he is practically blameless". Pepsi Max knows at any time and any place, the unexpected can happen.
"I'm still thinking about the Liverpool loss".
"I am focused on winning tomorrow and trying to forget the game at Anfield". We have the chance to end the season on a high. Liverpool were much, much better than us.
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"It was unfortunate the match we played, the image we left behind".
"But it is true that getting another double is important".
The Portuguese, who had two spells as Chelsea manager, also reflected on the Blues' Europa League final against Arsenal and the future of Eden Hazard.
Messi rejected the suggestion that such a loss could persuade him to call time on his exceptional Barcelona career - likening such a reaction to the hysteria that accompanies his every setback with Argentina at global level.
"The only thing that worries me is to win [against Valencia]". It is the same with Barca.
"After [Liverpool] scored the second goal, we didn't compete".
Barca's all-time top scorer became club captain for the first time this season but, despite the Catalans retaining the Liga title with three games to spare, Messi can not shake off the bad memories of the loss to Liverpool. If we lose, it is going to be even worse than the way that we are at this moment.
"It is really special, we will have two English teams with two cups".
Normally, you're in a rhythm of training and playing games, but now we don't play a game for three weeks, so we have to find a rhythm again.