Five surprising things that happened during Spurs 1-1 Liverpool

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What Liverpool would turn up at White Hart Lane?

The Reds have already been to north London this season and came away with all three points after an enthralling 4-3 victory over Arsenal.

However, six days later they were rolled over by newly-promoted Burnley, losing 2-0 after a disappointing display.

It was more of the Arsenal performance than the Burnley performance that drew 1-1 with Tottenham this afternoon, but the away side just weren't clinical enough when it really mattered.

Meanwhile, Spurs went into the match with four points from their opening two matches and they were looking to continue their decent start to the season. While they were second-best in the first-half, they looked more likely to win the match as it went on. But five points from their opening three fixtures is a solid start for Spurs.

It was certainly a pulsating affair in north London played out by two teams that will be looking to finish in the top-four - if not higher.

While the 1-1 draw may not have been too surprising, there were plenty of things that happening during the 90 minutes that did raise a few eyebrows. Here are five surprising things that occurred this afternoon at White Hart Lane.

Jurgen Klopp didn’t start Daniel Sturridge - and then brought Divock Origi on

While Roberto Firmino out in a very good performance up front for Liverpool, it was a surprise to see Sturridge named as a substitute.

Despite the 26-year-old being blighted with injuries in recent years, his goalscoring record speaks volumes. His 55 goals in 94 appearances for the club represents just how prolific he really is. However, despite scoring twice as a substitute against Burton Albion in midweek, Klopp opted by Roberto Firmino as a number 9 against Spurs, rather than Sturridge.

He then brought Divock Origi on as a substitute in the 68th minute, ahead of Sturridge with him getting just a few minutes at the end.

We can understand if Sturridge wasn’t too happy about it.

Jurgen Klopp is persisting with James Milner at left-back

If Jurgen Klopp doesn’t sign a left-back this transfer window you feel it’s going to be a big mistake. The German obviously agrees with the fans with their opinion of Alberto Moreno after he left him out of the side for the third consecutive match.

While James Milner is a reliable versatile player, he simply isn’t a left-back. He played well today, as well as scoring a penalty, but he is not the long-term solution. The Reds simply can’t go the rest of the season with just Moreno and Milner as the two options in that position.

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to Liverpool’s penalty

Considering how passionate the German usually is during matches, it’s surprising that he chooses not to watch when his side have a penalty. What’s even more surprising is his reaction when Milner scored past Vorm in the 43rd minute.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss barely twitched after the thousands of away fans signalled that Milner had scored by going delirious in the far corner.

Michael Vorm was sensational

When Hugo Loris was sidelined for a number of weeks, Spurs fans had every right to be a bit worried. While Vorm is a decent enough goalkeeper in his own right, he isn’t the same calibre as Lloris.

However, he was in magnificent form during today’s match. The Dutchman epitomised the definition ‘sweeper-keeper’ by rushing off his line on multiple occasions to thwart Sadio Mane. He also made several world-class saves, most notably early on from Coutinho. If it wasn’t for him, Spurs could have been a lot more than 1-0 down at the interval.

Dejan Lovren marked Harry Kane out of the game

When Kane saw him that he was up against Lovren and Joel Matip today, he must have fancied his chances. However, the two Liverpool centre-backs kept him extremely quiet while Lovren dominated him throughout the match. So much so that Kane was substituted in the 82nd-minute. A brilliant defensive performance from Lovren and one that Liverpool desperately needed him to produce this afternoon. 

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