Liverpool gave a good account of themselves during Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge, more than matching Spurs for aggression and energy and impressing out of possession.
However, after a fast-paced opening period which saw the teams head into the break even, the tempo slowed down and space became available for both sides in the latter stages.
Writing in his blog for the Daily Mail, Hoddle admits he expected Spurs duo Eriksen and Lamela to make more of an impact but neither man could create that spark to break Liverpool’s resolve.
“The sides almost pressed each other into submission. Neither team to keep the ball. You rarely see possession given away as much between two top-quality sides,” Hoddle said.
“But when the game opened up in its last quarter, that was when I expected someone like Christian Eriksen or Erik Lamela to exploit the space being created and grasp the game. It never really happened.”
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Eriksen and Lamela’s lack of involvement in the final third can be illustrated by how much effort they put in to their respective defensive duties.
In such a fast-paced opening period where counterattacks were aplenty, both teams were vulnerable and that could have prompted a sense of fear of losing the ball thus taking less risks.
A draw seemed an inevitable outcome as the minutes ticked over in the second period – a good result for both sides though with a tint of frustration with the lack of creativity on show.