Spurs 0-0 Liverpool: Reds pick up first clean sheet since August in Klopp debut

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Saturday 17 October 2015 - 12:45 pm
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Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first game as LFC boss and the reds earned a point from their first clean sheet in 9 competitive games.

Jurgen Klopp pre-match

The reds injury crisis extended before the game - Daniel Sturridge's slight knee injury forcing the player out of the squad for the game.  With Benteke and Ings also sidelined it meant that Klopp gave Divock Origi his first start for the reds.

Emre Can was shuffled back into midfield as the reds returned to a back four - Moreno and Clyne out wide with Skrtel and Sakho in the centre.

From the opening kick however Liverpool showed signs of a new footballing methodology.

Liverpool looked more competitive than in recent weeks - attempting to close Spurs down with greater intensity than has been seen from the men in red so far this season.

Early corners were won - even Lucas Leiva was attempting to win back the ball at the edge of the opponents area.

The reds had the first clear cut chance of the game.  A corner was sent over - Can headed on and Origi was at the back post but his header hit the crossbar.  Neither him or Skrtel could respond quick enough to fire the ball in.

As the half wore on Liverpool's energy faded - Spurs had some great chances - a fine save from Mignolet here and there - blocks from Sakho and the reds were still in the game.

Jurgen Klopp takes charge of his first LFC game

Shortly before the half time whistle Liverpool wrestled a bit more control of the game.

No changes at half time - and Spurs came out the stronger side - it was their turn to try to aggressively win back the ball and the reds spent large periods in their own half early on.

Eventually Spurs too ran out of steam and the game was limited to a succession of half chances.  Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe both got brief cameos to finish the game - and Emre Can attempted a late shot from outside the box that went narrowly wide.

The new manager now looks ahead to two clashes at Anfield.  The first against Rubin Kazan will be a chance to record LFC's first European win of the season - while Southampton are the visitors next Sunday afternoon.

4 comments on
Spurs 0-0 Liverpool: Reds pick up first clean sheet since August in Klopp debut

  1. Hey, what worries me the most is goal scoring.
    We need goals
    And simply because our main strikers werent there isnt an excuse
    If guys like 25 mill Lallana arent excpected to score goals, then something is seriously wrong.
    Sure i saw more passion and more fight, but there is no excuse for the lack of firepower

  2. Good point considering Klopp himself was our back up striker. Gee, use a player in their correct position and they perform. Knew Can would slot right in. Apart from some miscues, defense looked more cohesive. Sakho, Sakho, Sakho…he’s a beast and nice to see him being managed by someone who gets it. Offense will come. Firmino and Hendo will flourish in this system.

  3. The lesser spotted clean sheet! Good start by Liverpool – both teams faded during the second half. Good point in my view although Mignolet, surprisingly, was a major factor in that. Two home games now to give the new man a boost.

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