Newcastle 1-1 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool claimed a point as they travelled to Newcastle for Premier League action at the weekend.

Liverpool made only two changes from the side that defeated Leicester in the Premier League. Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge came into the starting 11 while Emre Can and Roberto Firmino were on the substitute bench. No crazy decisions like “let’s play Danny Ward” were made by Jurgen Klopp this time.

Jordan Henderson would also be making his 250th appearance, this guy has really been through a lot and any of the younger and less experienced players could learn a lot from our captain. Though as often happens with midfielders that don’t spend as much time scoring as assisting the strikers for scoring, this player is better known for his leadership abilities and was given the captains armband for a reason. May we see many more games under our leader. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Hendo.

Liverpool’s opponents were a recently promoted Newcastle United who have had significant success under former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who took us to the miraculous and victorious Champions League Final of 2005. Other former Liverpool stars you may have recognised for the home team Jonjo Shelvey and Javier Manquillo featured in the fixture.

There was end to end action in this game and it became rather exciting but still quite frustrating to not see more goals scored than 1 by either side.

Simon Mignolet saved a shot from Jonjo Shelvey in the opening minutes and shortly after Daniel Sturridge tried his luck at the other end but both were denied early on.

Daniel Sturridge makes his way past the Newcastle defence

Chances to score still came and went by the 25th minute. A corner was delivered by Coutinho, and was met by Georginio Wijnaldum who smashed it against the crossbar. Matip then tapped the rebounded ball towards Lovren, but his effort is saved off the line by Yedlin and then Mané somehow hammers the ball into the side netting from close range.

4 minutes later, there would be a chance finally converted by Liverpool. Alberto Moreno was key in the build up and crossed over from the left wing. His ball was headed clear by Ritchie on the edge of penalty area but only landed with Coutinho who promptly ran a little further into a dangerous position and then curled the ball around Shelvey and the goalkeeper to score a fine goal. Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool.

Liverpool’s lead would last 7 minutes.

In the 36th minute, Shelvey plays a superb ball forward as he spots the run of Joselu in between the two centre-backs, Matip and Lovren.

Joselu gets away from the duo and onto the ball. As he strikes, Mignolet is off his line and Matip tries to tackle from behind but that only helps the ball go further forward and roll into the back of the net. For all of Liverpool’s greatness in attack, weakness at the back cost Liverpool a goal and by full time, also two extra points that could have been had from a 0-1 win but it would be Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool instead.

Klopp expressed his frustrations with Liverpool from the touchline quite clearly

Just like many of the fans have started doing, Jurgen Klopp made it perfectly clear how he felt about the defensive errors and frustrating play that only leads to Liverpool’s disappointing results which are becoming far too frequent draws in games that we really should have won.

It’s not like we don’t have a variety of strength within the squad but we all need to pull together and start pooling our abilities into one game. Perhaps more goals from our strongest goalscorers. Relying on a single player isn’t good enough but Coutinho has been the most frequent goalscorer since returning from injury.

A single goal can make a lot of difference sometimes. It can be the factor which turns your result from a disappointing 1-1 draw that may have seen you concede an unfortunate goal into a 2-1 win that lets you forget your mistake because you took all the points and the defensive errors don’t seem so bad when you’re still getting the victory you deserve. Why couldn’t Salah have scored? Why didn’t Firmino get himself a goal? Why didn’t Mané convert a chance? We can’t keep piling all the pressure of goalscoring onto Coutinho. It’s not his responsibility entirely. Liverpool must improve in this way.

Liverpool would yet again accept a draw in a game that quite honestly, they should have won.

Man Of the Match

The Magician strikes again! Coutinho scored the only goal of the game and helped Liverpool take a lead in what should have been a 0-1 win really. Defensive errors saw the Brazilian’s goal only provide us with a draw unfortunately but he’s done all he can to try and help Liverpool towards a win. Three goals in three games from Coutinho has pretty much proven his loyalty to the club he’d openly admitted to wanting to leave for Barcelona in the summer. He’s back alright and nobody can say that he’s not trying his best for Liverpool but I don’t want him to be doing this almost by himself.

While I’m very happy that a recently returned from injury (and serious transfer speculation) Coutinho is continually scoring in our games, we must find more goals from other sources, even as Coutinho scores. This 1-1 draw could have been a victory with some improvements in actually converting the chances we’re given. Those shots we saw hitting the goalposts and crossbar? They need to go into the net instead! The “we almost scored” moments need to be turned into “we SCORED” moments.

What’s next?

One of the most important and fiercely contested fixtures of the entire season,  Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield for a NorthWest Derby on Saturday. You’ll want to see this one.

Keep your chins up, hold those heads high and hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.


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