Spurs Dire without Dier
Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool match report.
by Alexandra Hamilton
Michael Owen's decision to award the ineffective Mousa Dembélé man of the match in a scrappy 0 - 0 draw in North London was a little strange to say the least. The award should have gone to Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet whose performance was described by his new manager Jürgen Klopp as "world class".
Dembélé was playing in place of Eric Dier, who has quietly established himself as Tottenham's most important player this season. Without Dier's calm control in central midfield, and his ability to drop back to make a five man defence, Spurs failed to keep possession in the opening 20 minutes and were lucky not to concede when Divock Origi hit the bar with a close range header.
Without the defensive security that Dier provides, Spurs lacked the confidence to push forward in the second half. A chance for Harry Kane (the kind of chance he might have put away last season) and a decent strike by Dele Ali were the closest Spurs came to a goal.
Liverpool will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet in Klopp's first game in charge and could have snatched all three points when Emre Can came close late in the second half.