It's was Michael's first appearance in all football for the club since his switch from Nottingham Forest in January.
A shin problem stalled the start of his Spurs career but he looked like he'd been playing alongside Ledley King for months in Saturday's 2-2 draw.
The pair were outstanding against Fernando Morientes and his supporting cast from midfield as Liverpool poured on the pressure in the second half.
In the end, Erik Edman's stunning opener and Robbie Keane header - goals that put us 1-0 and 2-1 up - were enough for a deserved point.
Head Coach Martin reflected: "Michael has not even had one reserve game, normally my principle is to have 45 or 90 minutes for the reserves but there was no chance for that because we had so many injuries in the centre of defence with Noureddine Naybet and Anthony Gardner out.
"I told him that I took the responsibility and it was probably better to make your debut against Liverpool away. He played with a smile on his face and he is a terrific asset for us."
Martin Jol was full of praise for debutant Michael Dawson after his towering display at Anfield.