No opening win for Jurgen Klopp, but Liverpool boss makes point at Tottenham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp, the self-proclaimed ‘Normal One’ left White Hart Lane with what he labelled a ‘normal result’ as his new Liverpool side drew 0-0 with Tottenham.

Much had been made of the German’s arrival in the Barclays Premier League as replacement for Brendan Rodgers but, with main striker Daniel Sturridge not risked due to a minor knee injury, he could not start his much-heralded reign on Anfield with a victory.

Divock Origi, with only 17 minutes of Premier League football to his name, started in place of Sturridge and came closest to winning the game for the visitors - who had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to thank for keeping a clean sheet.

Liverpool had won their previous five meetings with Spurs, including 5-0 and 3-0 wins here under Rodgers in their last two visits to north London - but Mauricio Pochettino, whose arrival to these shores in 2013 as manager of Southampton came without the fanfare given to his counterpart.

As it turned out, Pochettino’s side did enough to win the game and, after the opening 30 minutes, were more than a match for Klopp’s Liverpool.