Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Liverpool: Five things we learned as the Jürgen Klopp era gets underway

Tottenham Hotspur's strong performance prevented Jürgen Klopp from winning his first game as Liverpool manager on Saturday, with the two teams playing out a 0-0 draw. 

After a high energy start by the Reds, in which they pressed their opponents furiously and hit the bar through Divock Origi, the game suffered a swing in momentum and Simon Mignolet was forced into a string of impressive saves.

All in all, it was an improvement for Liverpool on their recent display, and there was plenty to be pleased with, considering the limited time that Klopp has had to make an impact so far. Here's five things we learned from the game. 

Mignolet responds well to new goalkeeper rumours

Whenever a new manager comes into a club, he's linked with a number of players, and it's been no different for Liverpool and Klopp. One of the position's that has seen a few players linked is in goal, with the German apparently ready to bring in a new shot-stopper in January. 

Going by this logic, it would have been easy to suggest that Simon Mignolet was playing for his future on Saturday, and if he was, he's done pretty well to secure it.

Starting by getting finger tips on Clinton N'Jie's goalbound effort, Mignolet went on to thwart Harry Kane multiple times, as his heroics kept the score at 0-0.

Whether he's done enough to convince Klopp already, or if he's just sewing the seeds for a turnaround, Spurs away was a very good starting point for the Belgian.

Emre Can be king of Klopp's midfield

The loss of captain Jordan Henderson to injury has been a big blow in recent weeks, and will continue to be until he returns in November. However, Emre Can certainly stepped up to the plate on Saturday, and showed why he was bought as such a highly rated central midfielder back in 2014.

Played as a centre back for much of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp thrust him straight into his preferred position, allowing him to run the show. Can looked years ahead of James Milner and Lucas Leiva despite being the baby of the trio, and was found all over the pitch, contributing in attack and defence. 

Leading the pack as Liverpool pressed high up the pitch early on, Can didn't waver even at the end, almost deciding the match with a shot that just inched wide in the dying seconds.

Sakho reigns supreme as Skrtel lies in his shadow

If ever there was any debate over who was Liverpool's frontline centre back, Mamadou Sakho's performance against Spurs in comparison to Martin Skrtel's surely ends that debate. 

Making 9/9 headed clearances, and starting attack after attack with an impressive pass accuracy of 89%, Sakho had Harry Kane in his pocket, and Skrtel did his best to let him out of it.

The Slovakian had a really poor performance, not looking assured in possession or defence, and allowed Kane numerous chances to open the scoring.

He could really do with taking a leaf out of the Frenchman's book, with Sakho winning the ball 12 times in his defensive third, more than any other defender in the Premier League this season.

Not only looking good on the statistics sheet, he graced the pitch, throwing himself in front of everything and anything that went towards goal, including a fierce looking Dele Alli first half shot. 

The new manager will be hoping that Sakho's good form can continue, as he begins to piece back together a broken defence.

Divock Origi isn't quite ready to lead the line alone

It hasn't been a good week for Liverpool in injury terms, especially for the strikers. Christian Benteke was confirmed to be out for the Spurs game as early as Tuesday, before Danny Ings did his ACL on Wednesday. 

If you thought those losses were bad enough, Daniel Sturridge was confirmed as out of the game on Saturday morning, due to sustaining a knock in training. Up stepped Divock Origi, as the only fit first team striker.

Although he worked hard, and hit the bar from a header, it wasn't quite to be for Origi. Not to say he played poorly, which wasn't the case in the slightest, he just doesn't quite have the talent or experience to play on his own up front yet.

The left-footed effort when in on goal in the second half was the purest example of Liverpool lacking a more established frontman, as Hugo Lloris held a chance that Sturridge or Benteke would most likely have tucked away.

Klopp will be pleased that the young striker did contribute to the team and didn't wilt under pressure, but will be longing for his other strikers to return quickly.

Not the perfect debut, but the Klopp effect is there

He was never going to change the world instantly, but Jürgen Klopp can be fairly satisfied with his first game at the helm on L4.

Turning the club around is going to take a monumental effort, but the building blocks are already there, evidenced by Liverpool's excellent pressing of Tottenham in the first 20 minutes.

That eventually dropped off through tiredness, however that would happen for any team under any manager, no matter how much they tried to press the opponenent.

Adding to this, he did claim a potentially valuable point away to a side which hasn't been beaten since the opening day, doing so with at least six or seven key players on the sidelines.

Of course, a win would have been the perfect start, and with the aforementioned Origi chances, it wasn't as far away as many have claimed, however he seems to have already won the hearts of the Liverpool faithful - who left White Hart Lane on Saturday with a smile on their faces.

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