Liverpool: Sadio Mane Becoming the Main Man For Jurgen Klopp

Klopp and Pochettino
Jurgen Klopp, left, and Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, London, August 27. Jan Kruger/Getty

Jurgen Klopp left north London feeling his side had suffered a missed opportunity. Liverpool and summer signing Sadio Mane dominated at White Hart Lane but saw a one-goal lead slip.

It's been a turbulent start to the season for Klopp's men. After that manic 4-3 victory at the Emirates on the opening day of the season, Klopp's team suffered a shock defeat to Burnley.

Here, though, they had a team willing to attack. In a week when Spurs' Champions League group was announced, Mauricio Pochettino's side looked to come out as a team worthy of European status.

In his programme notes, the Argentine manager eulogised over their start to the season, gaining four points in two games, but looked for his side to gain momentum with victory over Liverpool.

But the attacking prowess of the home side suited Jurgen Klopp's counter-attacking team. As Spurs pushed forward, Mane was managing to use his speed to slip into the space behind the back-four, a gap almost as big as the hole in the far corner of White Hart Lane where work begins on the stadium expansion.

Twice Mane broke free in the opening 25 minutes, released by Adam Lallana on each occasion, left one-on-one with Michel Vorm. As he raced in behind, the Dutch goalkeeper, who was deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris, slid in to time his challenge perfectly.

Liverpool also welcomed Philipe Coutinho back into the starting line-up after the creative Brazilian recovered from a stiff hamstring. He lasted 70 minutes playing at 50 percent but, as is often the case, the Brazilian was heavily involved from the off.

Coutinho came close on two opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. Early in the half, Roberto Firmino unselfishly laid the ball off to him and, despite striking hard and low to Vorm's right, Coutinho was denied by the foot of the Dutchman.

Liverpool continued to enjoy a large share of possession in the first half, and got the breakthrough from the spot moments before the interval.

Firmino managed to get in behind Erik Lamela down the left wing, and as the Argentine midfielder desperately looked to get goal-side he clipped the heels of the Liverpool forward. Down went Firmino, and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot.

Duties from were given to the ever-versatile James Milner, who has filled in at left-back for Liverpool. Sending Vorm the wrong way, Milner hit hard and low to give the visitors the advantage.

The 15 minutes Pochettino had with his players at halftime were used effectively. Spurs returned with greater intent with Eric Dier marauding down the right wing in place of Kyle Walker, who was substituted midway through the first half with an injury.

Pochettino continuously demanded his defence to release Dier down the right, facing the makeshift left-back Milner.

With 20 minutes to go, the move paid off. Dier's delivery from the right was helped on by Lamela, who looks stronger as he begins his fourth season in the Premier League. The ball fell to the feet of the unmarked Danny Rose, who took a touch before drilling past Simon Mignolet low to his right.

"Vamos, vamos!" yelled Pochettino as he leapt into the air, punching the sky. There was a moment when he looked close to an Antonio Conte-style dive into the fans but it wasn't to be. That could be saved for a winning goal, and Pochettino willed his team on to get it.

But the closest sight of goal in the closing stages came for Georginio Wijnaldum for Liverpool, who sent his shot wide.

The points were shared. Pochettino and Klopp embraced as both managers survive and keep within touching distance of the Premier League summit.