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    Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Liverpool: Match Report


    By Tom Regan
    regantalkssport.com
    @TomRegan29

    Undoubtedly, the build-up to the game had all been about Liverpool’s new manager, Jurgen Klopp, and his revitalised team left White Hart Lane with a point following a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Tottenham.
    Overall, nobody could argue with the outcome. All 26 players on show gave everything for their team, putting on a good show for the spectators. Both sides had chances. As expected, the Reds started with an extremely high intensity, and nearly opened the scoring after 9 minutes when Belgian striker Divock Origi headed onto the crossbar from a corner. Spurs had the most chances, with Simon Mignolet the busier of the two keepers. Substitute Clinton N’Jie went agonizingly close in the first half with Harry Kane going close either side of the interval.

    Liverpool’s high energy start nearly paid dividends, no better reflected by that early chance for Origi. Lallana had cleverly won corners on either side. The ever-improving Dele Alli failed to clear his lines on several occasions, and Jan Vertonghen was forced to make a vital interception in his own area. There was a huge scramble resulting from Origi’s header, with red shirts desperate to put the ball in the net, but the north Londoner’s managed to clear the ball to safety.
    Nacer Chadli had to be replaced early on by Clinton N’Jie, and the Cameroonian took a while to settle into the game. Lallana had a shot blocked following a Nathaniel Clyne cross, before referee Craig Pawson had to have strong words with Liverpool skipper James Milner after he had committed two over-enthusiastic challenges on full-back Danny Rose.

    The game had become a little scrappy mid-way through the first 45 minutes, but the Lilywhites had weathered the early storm and started to apply pressure of their own.
    Kane put Mignolet under pressure, and the keeper’s poor kick allowed N’Jie with a good effort that was blocked as the ball came in from Tottenham’s left-hand side. With 27 minutes gone, Kane cut in from the left and had the opportunity to shoot, but unselfishly teed up N’Jie. Mignolet produced an outstanding fingertip save, diverting N’Jie’s shot for a corner.

    Dembele was having an excellent game for Spurs, making important contributions all over the park. He was combining well with Eriksen, as the pair offered a good outlet through the middle.
    Milner was eventually yellow carded after yet another foul on Danny Rose. Moments later, Rose bombed forward down the left. N’Jie passed inside to Eriksen, who advanced down the left channel. Kane hit a shot which Mignolet blocked, and Ali’s follow-up was also saved.

    The action was less penetrative in the second half. Kane was fouled on the left flank, but Eriksen’s long range free-kick trickled over the defence into the hands of Mignolet.

    Following a Danny Rose error, Origi looked to be in at goal, only to be prevented by a superb Mousa Dembele tackle. Shortly after, Vertonghen cleared the danger with a long ball that was expertly won by Kane. The England frontman saw his effort half-blocked, before Mignolet was able to gather. Kane had another shot after Eriksen’s pass following a direct attack from defence, but the resulting corner saw Kyle Walker blaze over from long range.
    Referee Craig Pawson was becoming an unpopular figure with the home crowd, after the north Londoner’s were being denied fouls left right and centre. One on Eriksen, and another on Danny Rose who was left on the floor for the umpteenth time.

    On 83 minutes, Eriksen made a run from the inside left position. There was a suspicion of handball, but the Danish playmaker was allowed to continue. Eriksen fed the ball to Kane, and Harry’s effort was well stopped at the expense of a corner.
    Andros Townsend replaced Erik Lamela late in the game as the Lilywhites tried to break the deadlock, but the Reds looked to capitalise when they had a man over down Tottenham’s right, although Can could only fire wide of Lloris’s right post.

    The fourth official indicated four minutes, and Spurs endured a tense moment as they conceded a free kick just outside the area on Liverpool’s right. The home faithful gasped a sigh of relief as the kick was safely cleared and Pawson blew his whistle for full time. The draw was a fair reflection of the 90 minutes, and the point keeps the north Londoner’s above their opponents, and moves them into seventh place, unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the campaign.
    The Lilywhites have now kept four clean sheets in the Premier League, and Belgium pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen can take a lot of credit for this after forging a solid partnership together at the centre of defence. Despite the absence of Son, Dier, Mason and Bentaleb, the team looked in good shape, and a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday is the next league challenge for Pochettino’s men.
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