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Klopp Opens With A Draw At Spurs

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After all the anticipation,  Klopp’s first game as boss of Liverpool Football Club ended in a 0-0 draw. With the late announcement of Daniel Sturridge being unavailable along with a multitude of other injuries to contend with, Klopp’s hand was forced and I doubt you'll find any fan displeased with a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

With no other options available it was Origi who led the line for the Reds and I hate to say it but his inexperience showed for me. He definitely wasn't helped by having to play up front with no support but I don't think he made any real impact, even when he did receive the ball he followed up by losing possession or a tame shot. 

The only saving grace really was a header in the first half after a corner from Milner, Origi was perhaps unlucky to watch it crash off the bar but there are many saying he should of done better. I'm not saying I've given up on him, that would be completely unfair at this early stage but he definitely needs support and hopefully Klopp can aid his improvement.

Another player getting a lot of stick was Martin Skrtel, I've always liked Skrtel and I'm therefore probably more accepting of his mistakes. Whilst he did have a bit of a mare on Saturday, particularly when letting Harry Kane in, the fact is, alongside his hopefully now permanent partner Sakho, he kept a clean sheet. 

Whilst Liverpool began the game in a strong fashion it was Spurs who created the best chances of the first half. Firstly a shot from Njie forced Mignolet into a fantastic fingertip save, I'm still not quite sure how he reached it.

This was shortly followed by an attempt from Harry Kane but his effort was tame and Mignolet saved. A follow up shot from from Dele Alli was thankfully blocked by an alert Mamadou Sakho, keeping Liverpool in the game. Dele Alli was a real threat in this game but the Reds managed to keep him at bay.

The Reds may have been suffering from some Tottenham pressure but they were clearly causing the home side some trouble of their own. Klopp had set up his side to play at a high tempo, pressing and giving the opposition no time on the ball and for me, it worked. If we'd had some of our more experienced attackers on the pitch our valiant efforts in midfield would have been complimented by a goal, I feel confident of that and this is why for me the 0-0 result was a good one under the circumstances.

In the second half the only real goal mouth moments were a shot from Origi that was easily saved by Lloris, a shot from Harry Kane just outside the box that was saved by Mignolet and an Emre Can effort that went wide to the left of goal.

It was one of those games where both sides were simply ineffective in front of goal, neither team had the nous in the final third and whilst Liverpool had the excuse of injuries, I'm not sure what line Spurs are towing.

I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:
Next up for the Reds is Rubin Kazan.

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Kirsty W

Kirsty; Award winning Liverpool FC blogger and social media addict.