The Premier league break finally comes out of break with an encapsulating draw at White Hart Lane with both Liverpool and Spurs evidently dominating the match in bits and pieces. Klopp effect was pretty much there for all to see with Liverpool dominating the initial 25 minutes or so before the class of the likes of Kane,Eriksen showed and the Spurs finishing as the better team on terms of number of shots on target , corners and possession as well.
Klopp’s exuberance seemed to have rubbed off on his players as Liverpool chased every single ball, maintaining a constant pressure and thereby winning the ball more in the early minutes of the first half. Unavailability of top players forced Klopp to field a relatively young team and that seemed to have worked in favor of the Kops as Origi, Lalllana and Coutinho interchanged positions quite frequently to good effect.
The relentless pressing finally yielded result and Liverpool should have gone one up after a thunderous Origi header came off the crossbar before Hugo Lloris finally took control. Klopp did go in with the much discussed 4-2-3-1 formation with Origi leading the attack in the absence of Benteka and Sturridge. The only surprise (if at all it was) being Lucas being chosen ahead of Allen and did play a vital role play partnering Can and more or less doing a good job.
The back four did have some trouble though with Lamela in with an effective performance against the more attacking minded Moreno but Skartel and Sakho doing good with the latter being the better one.
Mignolet was once again brilliant like the Everton match after Kane and N’Jie, who came in for the injured Chadli combined beautifully from bring out a stunning save from Mignolet.
Spurs were gradually taking control with Eriksen with a superb pass which forced another brilliant save from Mignolet after Kane struck it well. Second half was a bit tighter with no clear chances for either teams with Walker being the closest with a long range straight into Mignolet’s hand.
Both teams made last ditch attempts to grab 3 points with Origi shooting straight at Lloris from a tight angel after being unleashed by Coutinho, who was eventually substituted by Allen pretty late. Spurs though had the final say with Eriksen’ s splendid run resulting in a Kane shot which forced an equally good save from Mignolet.
Final Word :
The match was a pretty close one with both teams being more or less close on completed passes, possession, shots on target and midfield duels. Nonetheless Klopp will be pretty happy to be leaving North London with a point specially taking into consideration that Pochettino’s side pumped in four goals against a more powerful City side at White Hart lane before the international break.