What it was, a great point away from home.
What it felt like, a missed opportunity.
My only real gripe about this game, the missed opportunities. Spurs are a quality side, but one we haven’t managed to lose to since 2012. Regardless of that factoid, we could have been up 3-0 in the first half. The Philippe Coutinho flub, the missed call of Joel Matip getting ripped down in the box, and the foul on Roberto Firmino resulted in just one goal, James Milner from the spot.
Michel Vorm played out of his mind. He had two or three well timed interventions coming a long way off his line to stop Sadio Mane getting on the end of well placed passes.
In the second half, we were marginally offside which negated Mane’s goal that would have put us up by two. Spurs were later able to equalize through Danny Rose and we were unable to add to our tally. It’s a point away from home which leaves us four points out of three league matches (Arsenal, Burnley, Spurs).
It felt like a missed opportunity because our next three opponents are Leister City (home), Chelsea (away), and Hull City (away). Hull always have a knack for playing us tight and coming away with points. Out of those three fixtures Hull is a must win. The schedule gets easier once we get beyond Manchester United, but we never seem to do anything the easy way.
A point of worry for me is Daniel Sturridge. The look on his face as Divock Origi was first to come on was telling. It said, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” And to be honest, I can’t believe it either. I am unsure why we aren’t going with a recognizable center forward in our starting line up when we have Sturridge and Origi. I understand that leaves an odd man out of the Coutinho, Firmino, and Mane front three. When healthy, Sturridge scores goals, and he’s too good not to be starting.
Jurgen Klopp is being too similar to Brendan Rodgers for my comfort, putting square pegs in round holes. James Milner’s inability to correctly play the man instead of the pass helped set up Spurs equalizer. Alberto Moreno would have done no better. Left back is a clear area of concern and an area our opponents will always look to exploit.
Through all of this, our traveling support has been amazing. I always love hearing our songs loud and proud on the road. Keep up the fantastic support.
The transfer window closes on August 31st. For better or for worse, I will be thankful that it is closed. I’ll see you after the international break. Come back healthy lads.