The 1st half of the match was simply what EPL is all about. End to end football, non-stop.
Kloop might have feel it’s 2 points dropped, especially considered he outsmarted his Argentine counterpart at Spurs, with our front 3 (or 4) told to speed forward once we won the ball, exploiting the high-line of Spurs’ defence.
It could be a much different game had Coutinho scored, although it was obvious he wasn’t 100% for this match.
I doubted Kloop when I saw the lineup, with Henderson again in the holding midfield role and Wijnaldum starting yet again in a withdrawn role.
I thought Henderson did pretty well in this match, minimizing the space, he seemed to have improve his tactical positioning in defending key spaces, while he was mostly calm in possession.
Wijnaldum looked lost still I have to add, hopefully that improves with time. Lallana’s end product is still missing, as he did nothing noticeable in the final third, apart from the counter (which I thought he was onside). I do hope Kloop can work on his final balls.
Defending wise, I had to admit Kloop was right to start Matip, who was rock solid alongside Lovren, apart from the one incident (which leads to Rose scoring the equaliser where both went for the same ball).
Solid in the tackle, he kept Harry Kane quiet the whole afternoon, and almost scored a good header at the other end on a receiving corner. Hopefully it is signs for better things to come.
Spurs equaliser showed again why Milner shouldn’t be playing in the leftback role, or any other midfielder for that matter. When the long ball was played to Eric Dier, he was out of positioned, and should be forcing him wide rather than trying to win the ball when he saw the ball being played to Dier too late.
Have to mention that Mane was a beast, yet again, and Firmino did well too. Mane really looks like the real deal, giving Rose and Vertoghen a torrid afternoon.
With players like Lucas returning, Karius back in training, our squad is certainly looking better and better.
Now, back to Melwood to work things out for Kloop, and prepare for next weekend’s clash, at Anfield, against the champions Leicester City.
Starting eleven for LFC:
Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner,
Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana,
Mane, Coutinho, Firmino
Subs: Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Sturridge, Origi, Stewart.