Jurgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with the 0-0 draw his Liverpool side registered at White Hart Lane.
Klopp took his managerial bow in England with nine injuries to his first-team squad, with Divock Origi leading the line.
Liverpool dominated the first 20 minutes, but then seemed to tire as the game progressed. It took a couple of fine saves from Simon Mignolet to ensure a draw was secured.
“I did not have the biggest expectations for the game because I knew we only had three days to prepare, and that Tottenham are a very strong, tuned team,” Klopp said. “I knew it could be difficult, but I am really satisfied.”
“0-0 is not my dream result but it is okay. I am happy because I saw many good things, in the first 20 minutes we were pressing and were very aggressive.
“The start was brilliant. I think we surprised them a little bit. We were there for the second balls – Divock, Adam [Lallana] and Phil [Coutinho] were perfect in their timing, and got into good positions.
“But then, the problem was that when we had the ball, we were not cool enough. We didn’t use our skills, we were a little bit too hectic and we didn’t see the right option.
“We had our moments, hit the bar, and had some other situations where we could have done better, but it’s OK. After three or four days, it’s brilliant. Now we have our own experience together, and now we can go on working.”
“Football is a results sport. I can be happy with this result, but we have to try to improve, work together to do things better. That’s what we are doing.
“The nil on the right side (conceded) is okay, for sure. On the other side, a nil doesn’t give the same feeling. Football can be spectacular without goals, but our target is to keep clean sheets while scoring goals.
“At the moment, though, what is important is our development. OK, today we needed Mignolet to be very strong, but we defended well and we know we can play better football. Today is after three days, so it’s OK!”
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