Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with first match as Liverpool manager

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Following Liverpool's goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp would have been fairly pleased with his new side's performance.

If Klopp could have hand-picked his first opponent as Reds' boss, it certainly would not have been Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino has got Tottenham in good order this season, particularly at the back, and the north London outfit have lost just one game in the Premier League thus far.


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Klopp didn't have the ideal first week in charge at Anfield and travelled to White Hart Lane with a severely under-strength side.

Liverpool Already Started Adapting

No less than five key players were sidelined for Saturday's match and the German had just one recognised striker available.

Nonetheless, Klopp proved his managerial credentials and battled through the task at hand duly.

With just three days training, the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss has already drummed his gegenpressing style he's renowned for into his new players.

It was apparent from the first whistle that Klopp has already reiterated his high-intensity philosophy.

For the first third of the match, Liverpool were the better team and all over Spurs like a rash when without the ball.

All adapted courageously and gave their all to impress their new boss.

Fitness levels still need to rise, however, to meet Klopp's requirements and there'll no doubt be some intense cardio sessions at Melwood this week.

Can Can Thrive

One man who could thrive under Klopp is Emre Can.

It looked certain the German would take up a central midfield role under his compatriot after spending most of his Liverpool career playing in defence whilst Brendan Rodgers was in charge.

The 21-year-old played the box-to-box role against Spurs and influenced the game like many have been adamant he can, given the chance.

Strong in the challenge when defending and creative going forward, Can's performance was exactly what Liverpool have missed since the departure of Steven Gerrard.

Can almost made the headlines when his late effort had Hugo Lloris scrambling, but the Germany international's shot was inches wide.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man wasn't as influential after half-time; however, having played in defence for the best part of nine months, his fitness levels are bound to be below what is required.

He, like his team-mates, dug deep within the last quarter of the match. There was a greater sense of belief than we've witnessed previously and the bond in the Liverpool team looks much greater.

Origi Improvement

Liverpool's disappointment in front of goal continued against Spurs.

With only Divock Origi available for selection, they had limited resources.

Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings were all deemed unfit, with the latter out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.

At just 20-years-old, there is plenty of improvement in Origi.

His performance against Spurs wasn't the greatest, but his game does need polishing.

The Belgium international had Liverpool's best chance when heading against the bar in the first ten minutes.

Some say he should have scored, but the ball come at him fast following Can's initial contact and he did well to head so close.

Origi did lead from the front and was Klopp's first defender.

He hunted down the ball when Tottenham played from the back, which would have pleased his manager and also broke quickly on the counter on numerous occasions.

It's something that Sturridge and Benteke will have to adapt to when they're both declared fit, and could find themselves out of the firing line very quickly if they don't.


The Reds' defence was resilient to thwart a Spurs side who put four past Manchester City earlier this month.

Mamadou Sakho led by example and looks set to be Klopp's favoured central defender at Anfield.

Alberto Moreno was rash in the challenge at times, but the occasion likely got to him. He seemed a little too fired up, but his attitude was admirable and will be much better playing with a cooler head.

The foundations at Anfield have been laid, with players set to return and Klopp able to work with his team more frequently, there seems no reason why the flower will not blossom.

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