TOTTENHAM 0 – 0 LIVERPOOL
Klopp draws his first game as manager of Liverpool. It’s not the best possible outcome (we didn’t win) but with all the injuries limiting the choice of who gets picked at squad selection time, we really didn’t do so badly against a full strength Tottenham team and still came away with a clean sheet and a single point, rather than nothing.
Klopp now has something to work with. He has a place to start, knowing that he wasn’t defeated but also was not victorious. That means he knows there will have to be changes made if we want to get all three points from future fixtures and yet must make sure that he does not make any changes that lead us to start losing instead of drawing or winning. It’s a balance he’ll have to get used to as the squad goes through some challenging times without certain key players who are injured currently.
Liverpool fans at White Hart Lane showed up with hope and belief in our new manager. He’d previously been quoted as saying “we have to change from doubters to believers” in a message to the fans when he was first appointed. Well, believers we are now and there will be more to believe in as the season progresses. I’d hope all Reds fans can take away the positives and realise that we did quite well despite not winning the game. Focus on our strong points and we can smile and hope for more of the same instead of being depressed about not being the winners. Strength of mind is important to fans, keeping a positive attitude so that we don’t lose hope altogether when we don’t get the exact results we had hoped for.
As mentioned briefly earlier, injuries have been an issue in our squad this season already.
Where Joe Gomez had been playing previously, Alberto Moreno now got placed and will likely stay for most if not all of the season, after Anterior Cruciate Ligaments damage will see Gomez kept out of the squad until next season. Instead of Benteke or Ings, we saw Divock Origi given a place in the starting 11. Again, more injuries affecting the choices the manager is given ahead of playing our fixtures.
James Milner is only captain because Jordan Henderson is currently sidelined and being forced to sit and watch the team he was leading as he recovers. The only position that doesn’t seem to have been affected by injury is the role of Goalkeeper. Both Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan are 100% fit to play but defenders, midfielders and strikers have all seen injuries and the squad is changing to adapt to this at the moment.
Klopp seemed to have adopted a 4-5-1 formation for this game. A tactic which was likely only used because both Ings and Benteke were not available and 4-4-2 just seemed out of the question, given the limited options the manager had for an attacking lineup. Our sole striker wasn’t expected to do all the hard work and on multiple occasions, our midfielders mounted attacks on goal, getting shots off if they could. It was a tight game, though.
Both halves saw both teams have their chances on goal, a fact that may have been refuted by anyone who simply looked at our result from a website without watching the game. 0-0 it was by the end of the game but chances to score were plenty, despite not actually ever getting to put the ball in the back of the net. It says more about the defence that no goals were scored than about there not being any scoring chances created or taken by attackers.
I am in fact, going to award “Man Of The Match” to our goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet. His heroics were outstanding for the part of the game which included attacks from players such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Clinton N’Jie, Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembélé, all of who were denied a goal by the lightning quick, cat like reflexes of the Liverpool goalkeeper. In a game where anybody could have been victorious by just pushing a single goal past their opposition’s goalie and perhaps winning 1-0, Mignolet made sure we would not drop three points, even as our own attackers failed to increase the scoreline. We would not lose, made certain by our number 1. So credit is given where credit is due.
With a new manager that has yet to prove himself in European competition for Liverpool, we look forward in our fixture list to find a Europa League game coming up soon. Klopp already spoke of being satisfied with our teams efforts so far.
He said after the (Spurs) game: “0-0 is not my dream result but it is OK.
I am happy because I saw many good things, in the first 20 minutes we were pressing and were very aggressive.
We will get stronger. We were a little bit nervous when we got the ball because the pulse was a little too high at this moment.
There were many full-throttle moments in the game. We need to improve but after working with the players for three days I am completely satisfied.”
After a first satisfactory performance, it seems Klopp will want the same or better from his team as we prepare to play Rubin Kazan for the first time in this season’s European competition. Another stage to prove himself on, which I look forward to with eagerness and hope. Reds fans do not doubt you. We believe in you, Klopp.
[written by Stuart Drewery]
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s