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Klopp defends decision to bench Sturridge


Klopp's frustrations showed on the sidelines

Liverpool had the first chance of the game on fifth minute but Philippe Coutinho’s low drive was brilliantly saved by Michel Vorm.

James Milner, playing in the unfamiliar position of full-back, rifled home the opener from the penalty spot before Sadio Mane unjustly had a goal disallowed for off-side as the Reds pushed for a second.

An Eric Dier cross was flicked to the back post by Harry Kane where Rose was unmarked and he thrashed the ball beyond Mignolet at his near post to equalise.

Neither side could find the victor during the final stages of the game so an entertaining match finished 1-1 in north London. “The effort was fantastic and the character we showed today, a draw was a fair result”.

It was another day of frustration for Daniel Sturridge, however, restricted to a three-minute appearance as a substitute as the clock ran down.

Liverpool were out early ahead of the second period and came close to a second in the 47th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum sent one towards the top corner, but the ball just drifted high of Vorm’s goal.

Klopp was pleased with how his players acquitted themselves in north London but felt they might have had a touch more assistance from the officials. “We decided that Milly can play (there), especially with the style of play we think we should play”, said the German.

The Reds were unable to assert themselves to the same extent after the interval as Rose hit an equaliser 18 minutes from time, leaving Liverpool with four points from the opening three games of the season before their delayed return to Anfield.

With all the stick Liverpool have received about their defending, Klopp was quick to continue to point out that side of the game for them. “He will play and he will score and all will be good”, he said.

“I’ve played a lot on the left in my career and would rather play left-back than right-back so that does not affect me”, he added.

“I wish we could have won it”.

“I saw Spurs as being a very good fit for me – but we were unable to agree financial terms with them.With hindsight, though, that was not a disaster”.

Lallana, 28, has a goal and an assist to begin the Premier League campaign, with his side following up their win at Arsenal with a loss at Burnley.