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Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool

  • Spoils shared after a hugely entertaining clash at White Hart Lane that featured a truly frenetic start
  • Visitors took the lead before the break through a James Milner penalty after Roberto Firmino had his heels clipped by Erik Lamela
  • Spurs were below par for the most part but grabbed an equaliser when Eric Dier's cross was squeezed home at the back post by Danny Rose with less than 20 minutes remaining
  • Sadio Mane, who was perhaps lucky not to be sent off, saw a second-half goal disallowed for offside and Joel Matip clipped the crossbar with a header
  • Philippe Coutinho wasted a great early opportunity to score when his close-range shot was saved by the foot of Michel Vorm
  • Tottenham lost Kyle Walker to illness after only half an hour
Danny Rose is mobbed by his Tottenham teammates after scoring the equaliser for Tottenham Julian Finney/Getty Images

So a point apiece at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham rallied late on after a disjointed display to preserve their unbeaten start to the new season. Liverpool were much the better side for the most part and Klopp will be disappointed that they were unable to make their dominance count.

That is it for this particular live blog, but you can join my IBTimes UK colleague Josh Evans for live coverage of the slate of 15.00 BST kick-offs that includes Watford vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Burnley and Leicester vs Swansea.

I will be back a little later on to bring you all the action from the KCOM Stadium as newly-promoted Hull entertain Manchester United. Goodbye for now.


Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool

Tottenham look to launch a late counter of their own through Lamela but the inexperienced Onomah just strays offside before he can collect a pass from Alli.

Pochettino's third and final change sees Winks on for Eriksen. Klopp has also withdrawn Lallana in favour of former Spurs youngster Kevin Stewart.

An absolutely pivotal last-ditch challenge from Alderweireld stops Lallana in his tracks and prevents Liverpool from snatching the victory. Excellent defending from the Belgian.

Brief cries of handball from the visitors when Wijnaldum's late strike ricochets off the arm of Alderweireld before being safely held by Vorm. Nothing given.

The fourth official holds up his electronic board. Three minutes of time added on.

Matip stands firm to clear his lines after another inswinging cross. With just three minutes plus stoppage time left, Sturridge replaces Mane.

Klopp seemingly not content with a point from a game that Liverpool should have had wrapped up long before that Tottenham equaliser.

Onomah comes on for Kane, who has not looked particularly impressive again today. Interesting that Pochettino has opted for the 19-year-old academy graduate ahead of Son.

Tottenham threaten to grab the winner but Alderweireld heads Eriksen's corner over the crossbar.

Alli has his name taken for kicking the ball away. Firmino's shot is blocked and Nathaniel Clyne also fires harmlessly wide.

10 minutes left for one of these side's to find a winner. Josh Onomah is set to come on for Spurs.

Liverpool are punished for their profligacy once again as Tottenham capitalise on a period of pressure to level the score.

After Dier is picked out by a sweeping pass from Alderweireld, his cross eventually finds its way to the back post where Rose is on hand to squeeze the ball narrowly past Mignolet.

Game on.

Danny Rose
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Goal: Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool (Danny Rose)

Coutinho is the man to make way for Origi. A penny for Sturridge's thoughts as he continues to watch on from the sidelines...

Almost a real opening for Dier on the right but Kane's weak pass is crucially intercepted. Origi's introduction is imminent for Liverpool.

Firmino and Alli share a heated exchange after a coming together and the former receives a ticking off from Madley.

Roberto Firmino and Dele Alli

Lovren trips Janssen to concede a cheap free-kick and picks up a booking for kicking the ball away.

Mignolet then reacts well to tip Lamela's effort over the bar before pushing Alderweireld's strong front-post header wide. This is better from the home side. Still plenty of time left to find an equaliser.

Finally a good passage of play from Tottenham as Alderweireld resists the temptation to let fly from distance and instead plays in the overlapping Dier, whose powerful low cross is sent wide by Eriksen.

Pochettino shows his frustration. He should have done much better with that.

Christian Eriksen

Goa... no. Wijnaldum leads a swift Liverpool counter and slides the ball through for Lallana, whose subsequent pull back is driven home emphatically by Mane.

His celebrations are cut short by the offside flag. Tottenham still looking desperately out of sorts.

Liverpool come within a whisker of doubling their advantage as Matip's header from a Milner corner clips the top of the bar on its way over.

Bobby Madley is booed by the home crowd for denying stand-in captain Kane a free-kick after a robust body check from Henderson. Eriksen then drags a low shot harmlessly wide.

Vertonghen becomes the latest player to be shown a yellow card after preventing Mane from breaking quickly. A chorus of the classic "You don't know what you're doing" chant rings out around the ground.

Firmino finds Wijnaldum, who bends a shot past Alderweireld and narrowly over the crossbar.

Mane then makes another risky challenge on Rose but again avoids a second yellow card. Any further infringements and he will surely be heading for an early bath.

We should mention that Walker's substitution in the first half has been put down to illness rather than any injury concern.

We are back off and running. A big improvement is needed by Tottenham here if they are to avoid their first defeat of the season.

A good omen for Liverpool to consider before the second half...


A very enjoyable first half in the sunshine at White Hart Lane, where Klopp's charges have largely dominated proceedings after a furious opening and fully merit their lead.

Mane, while hot-headed, is a significant threat on the break and it has taken some cavalier goalkeeping from Vorm to stop him from scoring. Coutinho will be wondering just how he did not notch that wonderful early chance.

Tottenham look unlikely to end their dreadful recent home record against Liverpool, which has seen them lose five of the last seven meetings since 2012. Their passing has been rather slapdash and there is no real cohesion evident.


Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

Coutinho foolishly looks to block a quick Spurs free-kick and receives a booking for his troubles. Liverpool then attempt yet another pass through the middle to split Alderweireld and Vertonghen, but the hosts survive.

Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.

Liverpool have been on top in this match and deservedly take the lead through a composed side-footed Milner penalty into the bottom corner after Lamela, tracking back to assist Dier, is adjudged to have just clipped the heels of Firmino as he sauntered into the box.

James Milner

Goal: Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool (James Milner)

Vorm comes sprinting out to deny the incredibly fast Mane with yet another sliding tackle, but the assistant referee's flag is raised on this occasion. Five minutes plus stoppage time remaining of this frantic first half in north London.

Mane is walking something of a fine line here. Having just been cautioned for a foul on Alli, the Senegalese forward goes in late on Rose and the home supporters appeal vociferously for a second yellow card.

He gets away with a final warning.

Sadio Mane
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A dicey moment for Matip there as he clearly blocks the run of Janssen, whose demands for a penalty fall on deaf ears.

Rose receives the first yellow card of the afternoon for a late challenge on Firmino. Klopp has been eagerly remonstrating with the fourth official for much of this opening half an hour.

The unconvincing Walker trudges off to be replaced by Janssen, who will play just ahead of Kane. Eric Dier moves to right-back and Alli drops deeper alongside Wanyama.

Kyle Walker
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Liverpool are dominating proceedings now and it is up to Vorm to deny Coutinho at the back post once more following good work from the impressive Mane.

Concern now for Tottenham as Walker goes down in need of treatment. It looks like Janssen is going to come on after just 25 minutes here.


Lloris is known as Tottenham's sweeper-keeper, but Vorm is taking things to a whole new level here with another brilliantly-timed sliding tackle after Lallana's pass towards Mane was deflected by Vertonghen.

Kyle Walker is then dispossessed by Milner and Coutinho cuts inside his marker before seeing a curling shot deflected over by Toby Alderweireld.

Philippe Coutinho

Vorm races off his line to thwart Mane with a strong sliding challenge after a promising through ball from Lallana. He had to time that perfectly or it would almost certainly have been a penalty.

At the other end, Lovren and Kane are becoming embroiled in an interesting battle for supremacy.

End-to-end stuff just at the moment as Mane's strike deflects off both Jan Vertonghen and Rose before being slapped away from danger by Vorm. Coutinho is then flagged for offside.

Lovren is muscled out of the way all too easily by Kane and the ball pops out for Alli, who is denied by an excellent recovery block from Lallana.

Rose clips it back into the box and his midfield colleague slices another effort wide after a poor clearing header from Wijnaldum.

Harry Kane
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Reds skipper Jordan Henderson, who was defended by Klopp this week amid criticism from a section of supporters, looks to send Coutinho through with a searching long pass.

However, a potentially glorious ball is slightly overhit and runs through into the arms of a grateful Vorm. Coutinho gives a thumbs up for the effort.

The pace of this game during the early stages is quite something to behold. Mane is rightly penalised for upending Danny Rose in a dangerous position and Simon Mignolet punches clear from Eriksen's subsequent free-kick attempt on goal.

How have Liverpool not taken the lead?! A sloppy and needlessly risky period of passing from Tottenham inside their own half sees Christian Eriksen caught in possession by Lallana.

He releases Firmino, who tees up fellow Brazilian Coutinho in acres of space at the back post. He looks certain to score, only for his low shot to be saved superbly by the right boot of Vorm.

What a let-off for the hosts.

Tottenham on top during a frenetic start. The hosts have an early handball appeal waved away before Alli gets in behind Matip and scoops an ambitious lob over the crossbar.

Referee Bobby Madley gets us underway. A fine early atmosphere is building at White Hart Lane, which is now missing the corners of its North and East stands as the building of their adjacent new ground begins.

Klopp, meanwhile, is wary of Tottenham's high-pressing game, which is not too dissimilar to his own...

They are absolutely convinced about their way and their style of play. They didn't change too much and they have high individual quality. They can even leave Alli out, that's a big difference from last year, with Janssen they have a really skilled striker. Harry can play from a No.10 position too and did it well.

Wanyama and Dier in the centre is a little bit different to Dier and Dembele. The rest [of the team] is very experienced and has played together one-and-a-half or two years nearly but they are still young so there's still space for development.

That's what you need to know but at the end they need to play against us and this game can be completely different to the last two games we played.The whole situation on the pitch will be different. They are a pressing team, a high-pressure team, so we need to know about this. They don't give away a lot of spaces but there are spaces, of course.

They need to play against us and that's the thing, so I'm not too interested in where they develop but, of course, we know they are strong, that's the only thing we need to know. We can be strong too and should show this at 12.30 on Saturday.

With just a few minutes remaining until kick-off, here is what Pochettino had to say in his pre-match press conference...

Liverpool have signed a lot of players and I'm sure it will be a different team to last season. We will analyse and try to find the information to beat them.

It will be a very tough game against a very good team. Liverpool will be one of the tougher teams to play against but all the games in the Premier League are tough and all opponents are difficult.

Liverpool are desperate for a new left-back with James Milner slotting in due to the repeated failings of Alberto Moreno, although there have been few signs of late that one is forthcoming.

Mario Balotelli
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While the latest speculation suggests that an £11m bid has been submitted for American winger Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund, the main focus at the moment appears to be on potential outgoings with the likes of Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli surely set to depart if buyers can be found.

With the end of the transfer window quickly approaching, it would not be a surprise to see both of these sides do further business before Wednesday night's 11pm deadline.

In a move that came somewhat out of the blue on Thursday, Spurs were said to have made a £15m bid to land brilliantly skillful but consistently frustrating winger Wilfried Zaha. The decision not to sell was made by Palace chairman Steve Parish, although it remains to be seen if a deal can be ironed out.

Wilfried Zaha
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Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez is also expected to join, while the saga involving Marseille's pacy French U21 international Georges-Kevin Nkoudou continues to rumble on unabated.

Tottenham were not involved in domestic cup action this week, but did have the small matter of the Champions League group stage draw to focus on.

Automatic qualifiers courtesy of last season's third-place finish, they were placed in a relatively favourable Group E alongside CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco.


Klopp's very first game in charge of Liverpool after being appointed as successor to Brendan Rodgers came at this ground in October 2015, where his new side battled to a goalless draw.

In April's return fixture at Anfield, Sturridge teed up Coutinho to score before the spoils were shared once more courtesy of an equaliser from Harry Kane. Eventual champions Leicester capitalised on that stalemate a day later against Southampton to open up a seven-point gap in the title race.


Klopp makes two alterations from midweek, with Emre Can, who went off with an ankle injury against Burton, replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum. Coutinho was left out of that match at the Pirelli Stadium due to tightness in his hamstring, but is deemed fit enough to start today.

Divock Origi drops to the bench, presumably recovered from the cramp that saw him forced off in the EFL Cup rout after Liverpool had made all three of their substitutions.

Daniel Sturridge
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Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip continue as the centre-back pairing, with Ragnar Klavan on the bench. Sturridge also remains a substitute after creating a ripple of controversy this week by revealing his frustrations at being asked to occupy a wider role rather than his favoured position up front.

Lucas Leiva only returned from a hamstring problem with 45 minutes for Liverpool's U23 side during their 3-1 win over Arsenal last night, yet he is also listed among the replacements. Danny Ings does not make the squad.

One change from Mauricio Pochettino, who brings back Dele Alli at the expense of new striker Vincent Janssen. The England midfielder only featured as a second-half substitute against Palace due to a lingering bout of illness.

Michel Vorm, who graces the front cover of today's programme, continues in place of the injured Lloris. Mousa Dembele serves the fifth game of his sixth-match suspension handed down for his alleged eye gouge on Diego Costa during last season's so-called 'Battle of Stamford Bridge'.

Dele Alli

Wolfsburg target Heung-Min Son returns to the bench after his exertions with South Korea at the Rio 2016 Olympics, but Ryan Mason drops out of the matchday squad altogether amid reports that he is closing in on a move to Hull.

There is also no place on the bench for Tom Carroll. 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks is given the nod instead.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Subs: Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Sturridge, Origi, Stewart

Tottenham: Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane

Subs: McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Onomah, Winks, Janssen, Son

The team news is in....

As for Liverpool, their first full season under Jurgen Klopp could not have gotten off to a more eventful start. 1-0 down at Arsenal after half an hour in front of the television cameras in north London, the Reds scored four great goals through Philippe Coutinho (2), Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers reduced the deficit, but the visitors held on to secure the most enthralling and chaotic of victories.

You would have expected the momentum of such an exciting win to be carried through into their next fixture, yet a 2-0 defeat by newly-promoted Burnley at Turf Moor came as a real disappointment.

Burnley vs Liverpool
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Klopp's side dominated the game and registered no fewer than 26 shots, yet their opponents made the most of their few opportunities through strike duo Sam Vokes and Andre Gray. Their final possession total of 19.4% was the lowest of any winning team in the top-flight since records began back in 2003.

Looking to bounce back from that frustrating upset, Liverpool fielded a strong side for their EFL Cup second-round tie away to Burton Albion on Tuesday night and got their rewards when a late Daniel Sturridge brace off the substitutes' bench added to earlier efforts from Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Tom Naylor (OG).

Tottenham have not exactly been firing on all cylinders so far this term and needed Erik Lamela's second-half header to rescue a point on the opening day at Goodison Park after Ross Barkley had given Everton the lead. Captain Hugo Lloris lasted just 35 minutes of that clash before limping off with a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for approximately one month.

Hugo Lloris

Returning home for a London derby against Crystal Palace last weekend, they just about shaded a close game before the unlikely figure of summer signing Victor Wanyama - not exactly renowned for his goal-scoring exploits at Southampton - headed home from a corner with just eight minutes remaining.

Good morning and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the third weekend of the new 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

Watford vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Burnley and Hull vs Manchester United are all to come later on today, but first we visit White Hart Lane where Tottenham Hotspur entertain Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in the eagerly anticipated lunchtime kick-off.

Stay tuned for a preview, breaking team news and confirmed line-ups. You also won't miss a kick with live updates on the match itself from 12.30 BST.

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino