Liverpool draw blank on Klopp's debut (Match report)

Charismatic Jurgen Klopp took his premier league bow at White Hart Lane on Saturday having succeeded Brendan Rodgers at the helm of affairs at Anfield.

Injuries to key players narrowed selection options as Divoc Origi was handed a start in the absence of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and long term absentee Danny Ings. Tottenham ringed changes too and were even forced into an early change when Nacer Chadli hobbled off injured.

The visitors started brightly but the game evened up quickly as similarities in playing pattern ensured they cancelled each other out fiercely. For all the energy of both teams, chances were few as lack of proven goal scorers limited actions upfront. There were runs and dribbles but no real activity in the final third.

Divock Origi headed against the cross bar in what would have been a sensational start to Klopp's career at Anfield while Clinton Njie drew a fine save from Mignolet. Harry Kane should have scored before the hour but his effort went wide and the lively Dele Ali went close too.

In the second half, the two teams went conservative with very few chances created. Klopp would however be satisfied as his depleted team saw off the late surge of Tottenham which saw Mignolet denying Harry Kane at point blank but Emre Can could have broken the hearts of everyone at a White Hart Lane but his late effort went wide.

Written by @Komptrolla

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