Jürgen Klopp has declared himself happy with Liverpool’s first match under his stewardship…
In truth, the dawn of the Jürgen Klopp era at Liverpool ended in an anticlimax.
An uneventful stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur provided little of the entertainment and excitement created away from the pitch during the German’s first 10 days in charge.
There were positives however as a depleted Reds line-up pressed and harassed their hosts on the way to their first clean sheet in nine outings.
There were also occasional moments of brightness going forward, especially in the opening 25 minutes when Divock Origi struck the crossbar on his maiden Premier League start.
Analysing the contest and his side’s performance at his post-match press conference, Klopp remarked: “I’m satisfied with the start and it was not the worst sign.
“I knew we only had three days and Tottenham are very strong, a well-tuned team, so I knew it could be difficult. But I’m really satisfied because the start was brilliant and we surprised them a little bit – we wanted to go on the second ball.
“Divock, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana worked perfectly in the three, good positions for them. They did well. The problem was that when we had the ball, we were not cool enough and we didn’t use our skills. We were a little bit too hectic. We didn’t see the right option, but it’s normal.
“We had our moments. From a very good corner we hit the post and there were some other situations where we could have been a little bit better, but for today it’s okay.
“Now we have our own game, our own experience, together and now we can go on working.”
The late withdrawal of Daniel Sturridge left the 48-year-old with only one fit first team striker to call upon following the midweek blow of losing Danny Ings for the season and the continued absence of Christian Benteke.
Klopp was unconcerned by the prospect of pitching Origi in for his full league debut though, revealing to reporters: “I wanted to take him to Dortmund but Liverpool bought him.
“He is a very good player. He is young, very fast, a good technician. At this moment, he’s not full of experience in the game because he hasn’t played so often, but we will have fun with this player, for sure.”
Looking ahead, and considering the lengthy injury list and the lack of time spent on the training pitch which inconvenienced his debut, Klopp expects improvements to follow, especially if the solidity shown at White Hart Lane can be retained.
“Football is a results sport, so we need results, but we have to try to improve,” he continued. “We have to try together, work together and do the things better that we want to see. That’s what we are doing at the moment.
“A nought on the right side [of the scoreline] is okay, for sure, but on the other side it doesn’t give you the same feeling.
“I know Liverpool have not scored the most goals this season, but football can be enjoyable and spectacular without goals if you play well and have good moments. Of course, our target is to have the nil on the right side and on the other side, another number!
“For the moment, it’s more important for development to become stable. We needed Simon Mignolet and a very strong game from him [today], but we can make it better when we play better football. We are able to play better football but today, after three days [training], it is okay.”
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