- Origi hits crossbar with header
- Kane, N’Jie denied by Mignolet
- Klopp debut ends with draw
- Sturridge out injured
LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of the Reds yielded plenty of promise but no goals.
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Playing without the injured attacking quartet of Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke, Liverpool started superbly and Divock Origi‘s header crashed against the underside of the crossbar but came back out. Spurs then had a glut of chances before half time but found Simon Mignolet in good form in goal for Liverpool, as the Belgian goalkeeper denied both Clinton N'Jie and Harry Kane.
With the point Spurs have 14 points after nine games of the season, while Liverpool have 13.
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Early on Liverpool — starting in a narrow 4-3-2-1 formation — came flying out of the traps with Adam Lallana and Divock Origi combining well, and in the 10th minute the Reds came agonizingly close to taking the lead. A corner from the right was flicked on by Emre Can and Origi’s header at the back post came off the underside of the crossbar and bounced out. Klopp applauded his teams endeavor, but a glorious chance had been wasted. Soon after Spurs were forced into a sub as Nacer Chadli went down and Clinton N’Jie came on in his place.
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Liverpool continued to press for the rest of the first half, with Spurs struggling to get a foothold in the game but in the 29th minute they almost went ahead as Lallana was dispossessed and Harry Kane played in Clinton. The Cameroon forward sent in a superb shot with the outside of his right foot but Simon Mignolet made a terrific save to his right to keep the scores level. Tottenham continued to push as half time arrived with Mignolet saving well down low from Kane, then Mamadou Sakho blocked Dele Alli‘s follow up on the line. N’Jie went close again before half time but his shot rippled the roof of the net as Spurs finished the first 45 strongly with Klopp whistling encouragement from the sidelines as his team pressed high but ran out of steam.
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After the break both teams canceled each other out with few scoring chances created, despite that Liverpool looked the more likely to break the stalemate with Origi driving a low shot in on goal in the 78th minute which Hugo Lloris saved well down low.
Late on Spurs pushed for the winner as Eriksen danced through Liverpool’s defense and teed up Kane on the edge of the box, but his low drive was tipped wide by Mignolet. Then Can had a shot from distance which went narrowly wide but the game finished 0-0.