Liverpool, Tottenham draw 0-0 in friendly

Liverpool and Tottenham played to a scoreless draw on Saturday in a friendly before 42,723 fans at the home stadium of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel preserved his side’s clean sheet with a leaping catch of a shot by Martin Skrtel in the 54th minute.

Brad Jones played the first half in goal for Liverpool and Peter Gulacsi took over after halftime.

The Ravens play on artificial turf, but the pitch consisted entirely of natural grass laid in place on top of the carpet. Workers installed more than 500 rolls of grass to cover the field for the match between the English Premier League sides.

Tottenham, which finished fifth in the Premier League last season, started the brighter in the first half and fired five shots at the Liverpool goal, though only one was on target.

Tottenham dominated the time of possession during the opening 45 minutes and had the best scoring chance. Minutes before halftime, Aaron Lennon fired a shot from the left side that eluded Jones and bounced low off the right post.

In the 27th minute, Liverpool’s Adam Morgan took a left-footed shot from the left side that Friedel smothered at the corner of the net. Both teams substituted liberally in the second half.

Liverpool, coming off a disappointing campaign in which the 18-time English champion finished eighth in the league, is hoping for an improved performance under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

On a hot and humid day, Rogers initially rested Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who was given a rapturous applause when he came on in the 61st minute. But his introduction failed to turn the game as the sides settled for a draw.

Liverpool lost an exhibition to Italian side Roma 2-1 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

Coming off a fifth-place finish in the Premier League, Tottenham is preparing for the upcoming season under a new coach after Andre Villas-Boas replaced Harry Redknapp.

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