Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back at the scene of his first match as the manager of the Reds as he took on Maurico Pochettino’s men at the White Hart Lane on Saturday. Though the result gave both teams a point a piece, it was a case of the visitors dropping two having missed a bulk of the chances they created all throughout the game. They were disallowed a goal illegally for offside and were not awarded a penalty early in the game but James Milner’s penalty gave them the lead only to be equaled by Danny Rose in the second half. Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the Reds for the game:
Simon Mignolet (2.5):
Though could have stood his ground while conceding the goal, Mignolet had a decent game in front of goal and cannot be blamed much for just the point.
Nathaniel Clyne (2):
Another poor performance from one of Liverpool’s most consistent players last season, Nathaniel Clyne was just not on his game tonight and gave away the ball too many times on the night.
Joel Matip (3.5):
Though made a couple of mistakes in the high intensity with which both teams were playing, Matip looked a strong defender as he dominated his area in a superb league debut for the 25-year old.
Dejan Lovren (3):
Kept the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksne away from his goal for most of the game as he is continuing to prove his worth since his move from Southampton.
James Milner (3):
The scorer of the penalty for Liverpool, Milner, was once again used as a left-back and for good effect. He was praised by the manager after the game and it looks like he will keep the place for most of the season.
Jordan Henderson (2.5):
A much improved performance from the Burnley and Burton games but Henderson is still not the player who a club like Liverpool can depend upon for the new season in a holding midfield role.
Georginio Wijnaldum (3):
Though did not do anything extra ordinary, Wijnaldum is showing signs of settling into Klopp’s style of play and will have a huge role to play for the club in games to come.
Adam Lallana (2.5):
Absent at times from the midfield but was a constant menace at the back for the Spurs who found it hard to keep him from controlling the game in the midfield.
Sadio Mane (3.5):
His usual self as he ran the Tottenham defenders ragged and hardy gave them a minutes peace. Was unlucky as his legal goal was called offside incorrectly at the start of the second half.
Roberto Firmino (3.5):
Showing the constant desire to get on the ball and create chances for his side, Firmino was a superb option for Klopp upfront as he linked well with Mane and Coutinho to help Liverpool build fluid attacks from the back.
Phillipe Coutinho (2.5):
Should have finished off the chance that fell to him early in the game and also failed to have the kind of an impact he did a the Emirates earlier this month.
Divock Origi (2.5):
Came in to provide a focal point for the Reds but failed to create a chance in the few minutes he was on the pitch.
Daniel Sturridge (2.5):
Came in with just over 3 minutes to play and hardly had a kick of the ball to have any impact of the game as he sported a disgusted look coming on after Origi during the game.
Kevin Stewart (2.5):
Came in to the game in stoppage time and just added another game to his CV for the Reds.