Jurgen Klopp’s new Liverpool side was held to a goalless draw with Tottenham this evening, with the new boss insisting he was satisfied with the result.
Unfortunately for the German, though much hype was created after his arrival as a replacement for Brendan Rodgers, he could not live up to the fans’ expectations and did not start his Anfield tenure with a victory.
Main striker Daniel Sturridge could not start for the Reds because of a minor knee problem that could not be risked.
Youngster Divock Origi was brought in as a replacement for the striker, despite having played only 17 minutes of Premier League football.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were not intimidated by the new arrival at Merseyside and did good to hold their ground, proving to be an equal match for the visitors.
Tottenham faced a setback in the early minutes of the game when Nacer Chadli was forced to be substituted after he went down after defending a Liverpool corner. He was replaced by Clinton Njie.
With the home side down to 10 men for a few moments, Liverpool took the opportunity of Chadli’s absence as Origi’s header from James Milner’s corner hit the crossbar.
Klopp, pleased, watched his side dominate the first 25 minutes. However, sloppy play by Adam Lallana nearly got the home side ahead.
The midfielder practically gifted the ball to England teammate Harry Kane. Kane spotted Njie at the edge of the box, with him testing Mignolet at goal. Much to the visitor’s relief, Mignolet stood his ground and saved the ball from going in.
Boosted, Spurs picked up their game and started to match Liverpool’s pace as was in the beginning of the first half. Looking to break the ice, Christian Eriksen saw an attempt deflected behind goal for a corner.
Liverpool were on their toes now as Tottenham once again came close to getting ahead. Eriksen’s pass found Kane, as he shot at goal, with Mignolet again coming to the rescue for the away side. This was followed by an attempt by Dele Alli, who was hushed by Mamadou Sakho.
Tottenham continued to press, as confusion between Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel allowed Njie to get in and try his luck at goal, his chance going just over the bar.
The second half kicked off with both sides laying back a bit.
James Milner charged into Danny Rose, lucky to not be sent off. Much to the crowd’s protest, referee Craig Pawson did not even award Spurs a freekick. Liverpool countered from there and Origi forced a save out of Hugo Lloris.
Mignolet starred once again as with seven minutes remaining on the clock, Eriksen played in Kane at the edge of the box, whose effort was kept out.
In the dying moments of the game, in once last attempt at salvaging the game, Can tried his luck at goal but fired wide.
Though Klopp’s first game with the Reds did not go as planned, Liverpool will be hoping to produce better results in the future, trying not to remember that Liverpool had won their previous five meetings with Spurs, including 5-0 and 3-0 wins at the Lane under Rodgers in their last two visits to north London.
Date: Saturday, 17thOctober, 2015
Venue: White Hart Lane
Referee: Craig Pawson
Score: Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
Yellow Cards: James Milner 35’, Erik Lamela 59’, Lucas 90+1’
Red Cards: None
Tottenham: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Alli, Dembele; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Lucas, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi
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