Danny Murphy claims Liverpool are a year behind Tottenham in key area

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Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Danny Murphy says that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have the players to play high-tempo football and his side are a year away from reaching Tottenham Hotspur’s energy levels, he told the BBC.

Spurs are finally beginning to show signs of boss Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy this season, outrunning their opponents in all eight Premier League matches leading up to their encounter with Liverpool.

Klopp is renowned for his high pressing style – commonly referred to as 'gegenpressing' – but there are doubts as to whether the Reds’ current crop of players can adapt to his ideas.

Speaking on BBC Five Live, Murphy claims the Merseysiders fall short on personnel in this regard and spoke of the difference between their energy levels and that of opponents Tottenham.

"I have seen three or four Tottenham players joking about how tough their pre-season was. That's because Pochettino likes to play high-tempo football, and so does Klopp,” Murphy said.

“But the difference is Liverpool haven't got the right type of players. Give it a year and they might do."

First impressions:

Tottenham are certainly no pushovers and their recent 4-1 victory over Manchester City proved that there is enough ability in their team to mount a serious top-four challenge.

Therefore, for Liverpool to come away with a point is a positive result for Jurgen Klopp and he will be happy with his side’s enthusiasm and effort, especially in the opening exchanges.

As the game wore on, Spurs arguably looked the more likely to find a winner but they certainly didn't outwork the visitors, as confirmed by date from Opta Stats.

It will take time for Klopp to get it right at Anfield, but this was a very good start.

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