Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool ended 0-0 as they picked up a point against a Tottenham in good form at White Hart Lane.
The game started off lively with Liverpool on the front foot, pressing high up the pitch and their early pressing nearly paid off ten minutes in, when Emre Can flicked on James Milner’s corner and Divock Origi’s header came off the bar. It was close to crossing the line and unlucky for him, he was unable to get the rebound in either.
Tottenham were forced into an early change just before that Liverpool chance, Nacer Chadli went off injured and was replaced by Clinton Njie. This change, although forced, was actually successful for Tottenham, as they grew into the game, beginning to win the ball high up the pitch.
A fantastic save from Simon Mignolet came the game at 0-0, as just before the half hour mark he made a fantastic save to deny Njie, who received the ball from Harry Kane, who managed intercept it after a poor ball by Adam Lallana. Tottenham then had another half chance through Kane, as Christian Eriksen played a wonderful through ball to him, but unfortunately he couldn’t get to it before Mignolet.
Kane then had a great chance to give Tottenham the lead and you would have to say that he was scoring these kind of chances last season, but take nothing away from the save that Mignolet made to deny him once again. The rebound then fell to Dele Alli whose shot was blocked by Mamadou Sakho before Njie fired just over the bar.
The second half wasn’t as entertaining as the first half but Jurgen Klopp is sure to be happy with a point and a clean sheet away at White Hart Lane in his first game in charge, especially with the number of injuries they currently have. Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, and Christian Benteke were all missing which is why he had to rely on Origi up front.
Liverpool started the game well and Klopp’s pressing game looked good, and when the players get use to this it could be really effective for them as a team, especially when they get some of their first teamers who will benefit from this style.
For Tottenham they must be worrying about what has happened to Kane. He had a couple of good chances in this game, chances that last season he would have finished. They missed Son Heung-min in this game, had he not been injured he would have more than likely have played at some point and could have converted one of the chances Kane missed.
This is a good result for Liverpool but Spurs will be disappointed that they couldn’t finish them off, especially considering their recent record against them.