Liverpool welcomed new boss Jurgen Klopp to the Premier League with a battling draw at White Hart Lane in an encounter that was often lacking in quality, but not intensity. Depleted by injuries, both sides failed to fashion too much by way of clear goal scoring opportunities, but Divock Origi’s header off the cross bar and Simon Mignolet’s fine save from Clinton Njié’s venomous curler gave glimpses of what could have been with the two sides sharing the spoils a fair result.
“I’m satisfied with the start and it was not the worst sign,” said Klopp in his post-match interview. “I knew we only had three days and Tottenham are very strong, a well-tuned team, so I knew it could be difficult. But I’m really satisfied because the start was brilliant and we surprised them a little bit – we wanted to go on the second ball,” he explained. “The problem was that when we had the ball, we were not cool enough and we didn’t use our skills,” continued the German, before adding, “We were a little bit too hectic. We didn’t see the right option, but it’s normal. We had our moments. From a very good corner we hit the post and there were some other situations where we could have been a little bit better, but for today it’s okay.”
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Okay, of course, is better than nothing, but the German won’t have much time to work with his new side on the training pitch with the matches coming hot and heavy — six of them over the next three weeks. Liverpool will be right back in action come Thursday when Rubin Kazan visit in the Europa League before Southampton and AFC Bournemouth are split by only three days. The Reds will be back in the capital on Halloween to face off with Chelsea before the reverse fixture with Kazan is played out in Russia and it’ll be London calling once again when Crystal Palace entertain Klopp’s boys on November 8th before the international break brings some respite from a hectic schedule.
“Football is a results sport, so we need results, but we have to try to improve,” continued Klopp, knowing full well that they’re already behind in the race to secure a top four finish. “We have to try together, work together and do the things better that we want to see. That’s what we are doing at the moment. A nought on the right side [of the scoreline] is okay, for sure, but on the other side it doesn’t give you the same feeling,” he conceded. “I know Liverpool have not scored the most goals this season, but football can be enjoyable and spectacular without goals if you play well and have good moments. Of course, our target is to have the nil on the right side and on the other side, another number!”