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Tottenham 0 : 0 Liverpool

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Tottenham 0 : 0 Liverpool

Inspired Liverpool Holds Tottenham to Goalless Draw

Jürgen Klopp’s impact injects self-belief and endeavour into Liverpool

Liverpool became the first team to outrun Spurs this season – in keeping with Klopp’s physical demands at Dortmund.

No one knows for sure if Jürgen Klopp will be a success at Liverpool but what can be said with some certainty after the German’s first match in charge is that he has instilled belief at the club.

Liverpool showed plenty of the pressing intensity that Klopp demands but it was goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who did most to ensure the near-hysteria engendered by the new manager’s arrival was not punctured by defeat.

Mignolet saved superbly from Spurs substitute Clinton Njie and from Harry Kane in each half and was busier than opposite number Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool also had chances to win as Belgium striker Divock Origi, in for Daniel Sturridge who is injured again, struck the bar with an early header but neither side could break the deadlock.

While an immediate and total transformation was unlikely, the defensive side of the Reds’ game stood out in London. At the other end there wasn’t much cutting edge, although perhaps this was to be expected given how many forwards are injured.

Klopp satisfied with one point

Klopp felt Liverpool’s performance gave him a good foundation, and said afterwards: “0-0 is not my dream result but it is OK.

And the manner in which he went around embracing his new charges at the final whistle suggested he was well satisfied with his opening 90 minutes in charge.

“I am happy because I saw many good things, in the first 20 minutes we were pressing and were very aggressive.”

Kops have Faith in Klopp

Liverpool fans ushered in the era of Jurgen Klopp with a fine show of support for the new manager in his first game charge against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in English Premier League.

While the result, a 0-0 draw, may have been underwhelming, the same cannot be said of the atmosphere created by the traveling Reds.

Several banners were unfurled and German flags were held up enthusiastically to welcome Klopp to life in the Premier League.

Reds fans took to Twitter to share many hilarious gifs, pictures and great stats, from Klopp’s touchline antics, the travelling Koo’s great banners, a hug from Klopp for Adam Lallana and a great gif of Joe Allen and his new boss.

Mamadou Sakho was also the recipient of more praise, after an inspired display in the Merseyside derby, as he keep Spurs quiet.

Pochettino felt Spurs victory was possible

The styles may be different – one stone-faced and suited, although occasionally highly agitated, the other in a tracksuit and all animated body language – but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool counterpart Klopp have much in common.

They are both unashamed advocates of intense, pressing tactics and want their players to be super-fit to carry out their wishes.

Nonetheless, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his side had looked more likely to win, saying: “Both teams played with a very high tempo and it was an exciting game.

“I am a little bit disappointed not to win because we created four good chances to score and the only clear one Liverpool had came when we were down to 10 men because Nacer Chadli was off the field getting treatment.

“In football you need to be clinical. We weren’t but I am still very happy with the performance.

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Djokovic Wins at Shanghai Masters, Extends Winning Streak

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Djokovic’s victory helps him secure his ninth title for the season.

Novak Djokovic completes Shanghai Treble and extends winning streak with masterful display.

The Serbian affirms himself as the World No. 1 defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 6-2, 6-4 in 78 minutes.

Tsonga, who defeated Nadal earlier in the semi-finals came into the match having served 64-aces in the tournament.

However, he was broken four times by Djokovic and was prevented from securing even a single ace.

Though Djokovic himself was broken by the 30-year old Frenchman in the opening set, he was already ahead by 3-0.

Subsequently, he gave little opening for Tsonga to score. He also gave no mistake on his serve.

“Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,” said Djokovic.

“Generally I felt always in control of the match. I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today’s match, and overall the tournament, it’s gone incredibly well for me.”

Djokovic now boasts of an unbeaten record of being unbeaten in 17 matches and straight wins for his last 22 sets.

Now, with 25 the master titles he has one title more than Roger Federer and needs just two more to level with Rafael Nadal.

Newton Leads Panthers Comeback in Dramatic Win

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Cam Newton (No.1)’s efforts was instrumental for the Panther’s comeback.

Of all the sounds the Carolina Panthers heard Sunday, none was better than the silence that filled CenturyLink Field after Greg Olsen’s game-winning touchdown catch.

Down 23-14, Carolina went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns that left the Carolina Panthers jubilant and the Seattle Seahawks stinging about a second straight fourth-quarter collapse.

Newton capped Carolina’s fourth-quarter rally with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Olsen with 32 seconds left, and the Panthers improved to 5-0, rallying for a stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman had some miscommunication on the game-winning 26-yard touchdown throw to Panthers tight end Greg Olsen with under 32 seconds left. They both appeared to believe that the other man would cover Olsen, and something went wrong.

Newton was 12-of-15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter and threw for 269 yards overall. His first 80-yard drive in the final quarter resulted in Jonathan Stewart’s second 1-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left to cut Seattle’s lead to 23-20. But Graham Gano pulled the extra point wide left.

After Carolina’s defense forced Seattle to punt, Newton led a final 80-yard scoring drive that left Seattle stunned for the second straight week.

“We’re doing what we expected to do,” Newton said. “It comes as no surprise to us. It was going to be a big game. We were going to expect a lot from so many players.”

Carolina winning its first four games was impressive. But this victory adds the validity.

“It’s a great win, but it does only count for one,” Olsen said. “That’s the reality of this business. But it felt good. We’ve had our battles against these guys.”