The Reds bought off to the proper begin when Mohamed Salah swivelled and smashed the ball residence contained in the close to publish. However Newcastle reacted strongly, with Allan Saint-Maximin on the coronary heart of a variety of harmful assaults earlier than Sean Longstaff missed a golden probability to degree the rating. Missed alternatives by Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane left Klopp questioning how Liverpool did not rating greater than the one aim on the break, and so they have been almost made to pay after Joelinton‘s effort needed to be matched by Alisson simply earlier than the hour mark.
The Reds would ultimately rue their missed probabilities when Callum Wilson had a aim dominated out for handball in stoppage time earlier than Joe Willock equalised with one of many final kicks of the sport.
Whereas the ending boots weren’t on immediately, Liverpool’s probability creation was wonderful with numerous alternatives to increase their lead. Roberto Firmino gave one in every of his finest performances of the season, and in a formation which will have offered Klopp with a go-to system when taking part in in opposition to groups with a defensive setup.
Liverpool’s defence was unorganised, which gave too many alternatives to Newcastle’s assault. Missed probabilities left the sport on a knife edge and the Reds have been ultimately punished.
Supervisor score out of 10
7 — Klopp’s group choice was aggressive and the German supervisor was unfortunate to not see extra dividends paid because the Reds steadily labored the ball into harmful areas. The James Milner substitution was timed properly, with extra management required at that time within the match, and it helped restrict Newcastle’s counter-attacking capability. Not far more the supervisor might have performed.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Alisson, 8 — Prime goalkeepers make saves when referred to as upon and the Brazilian goalkeeper’s stops in opposition to Sean Longstaff and Joelinton stored Liverpool forward at essential factors within the recreation. Alisson could not do something in regards to the equaliser.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 6 — It is unsurprising to see a stable efficiency on the ball, however the younger defender had a few defensive moments the place focus needed to be higher.
DF Fabinho, 6 — The 27-year-old wasn’t at his finest immediately and did not appear to work properly with gamers round him. Liverpool followers will need to see Fabinho moved again into midfield as quickly as attainable.
DF Ozan Kabak, 6 — The on-loan centre-back bought himself into the ebook too simply after a slipshod problem in opposition to Allan Saint-Maximin within the ninth minute, however confirmed maturity to maintain a cool head for the remainder of the sport.
DF Andy Robertson, 6 — Liverpool attacked by way of the center extra usually than regular, however Robertson seemed harmful within the moments he did enterprise ahead. The Scotland captain virtually doubled the house facet’s lead when hanging narrowly extensive of the aim and defended properly all through.
MF Mohamed Salah, 7 — A world-class end from the Egyptian winger put Liverpool forward early however Salah shall be dissatisfied to not have scored one other.
MF Thiago, 7 — The previous Bayern Munich man seemed comfy in a extra acquainted 4-2-3-1 formation, transitioning attacking strikes properly by threading balls into tight areas for Liverpool’s entrance 4.
MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 6 — The Dutchman stored the ball ticking over as Liverpool moved the ball ahead, however he might have performed extra defensively in a bodily midfield battle.
MF Sadio Mane, 6 — A giant probability earlier than the break ought to have been transformed because the Senegalese winger appeared to be caught in two minds. Positively, Mane seemed sharp all through the sport and bought into a variety of good areas.
FW Roberto Firmino, 7 — The 29-year-old attacker was unfortunate to not choose up an help after exquisitely placing Mohamed Salah 1v1 in opposition to the goalkeeper within the first half. Intelligent motion usually discovered the Brazilian with the ball in harmful areas with Firmino trying in his finest type for a while in a Liverpool shirt.
FW Diogo Jota, 6 — The Portuguese attacker has been scientific this season however Jota was wasteful in opposition to Newcastle with a variety of probabilities scuffed. Changed by James Milner near the hour mark with Klopp seeking to management the sport.
MF James Milner, 6 (changed Jota, 58″) — Milner’s introduction offered extra safety and importantly, stopped the ball from attending to Allan Saint-Maximin.
MF Curtis Jones, N/R (changed Thiago, 77″) — The academy graduate offered extra top in the midst of the park as Liverpool seemed to see out the sport.