Tottenham 0 Liverpool 0: Three taking points as Harry Kane struggles

Joel Durston takes a look at some of the lessons learned from Tottenham's goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday

By Joel Durston

A-Klopp-alypse now…or rather a bit later

Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside this week with expectations sky high, following the German’s incredible record in Bundesliga where he took Dortmund from a good but not great team with relatively meagre finances into world beaters, largely thanks to what he coined as his ‘gegenpressing’ tactic, high-tempo counter-attacking football with defending and pressing high up the pitch. But expectations collided with reality here at White Hart Lane, as Liverpool were without Joe Gomez, Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings, who this week suffered a knee injury which seems set to keep him out for the rest of the season. They started the game significantly the better team, but after about twenty minutes Spurs had the lion’s share of the game’s chances. Still, it was a point away from home with a depleted team and Liverpool kept the first clean sheet since the game against Arsenal on the 24th of August – a good foundation to build upon, especially with Daniel Sturridge – finally – appearing fit again (he suffered a minor “knock” in training this week). The revolution will need a bit of time…

Dream turns to reality

…This was broadly Klopp’s assessment of the game, too. He told his post-match news conference: “I am happy with this result, because I saw many good things. In the first 20 minutes, we were very present and aggressive. We only were a little bit too nervous when we got the ball because the pulse was a little bit too high in this moment. 0-0 is not my dream result, but it’s OK.”

More pain for Kane

Harry Kane was once again unable to muster a goal, meaning he now has just one goal from nine games in the Premier League this season. He has essentially become a victim of his own success, following his stunning campaign last season, and it was far from a poor performance; he was still finding space and making chances. But nonetheless, there’s a noticeable difference in his play – half chances which were usually buried last season are not finding the net this one. One whole season of brilliance, in Europe and the Premier League, and against some of the best defences in the world, is surely too much to be put down as a fluke, but questions are starting to be asked of the young player…


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