Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool: Klopp’s Mistake and Other Talking Points

Jurgen Klopp’s’ high-flying Liverpool were clipped by a resilient and well drilled Newcastle side. The away team – who were coming off a 6-1 win at Southampton – were expected to make light work of relegation-threatened Newcastle but had to deal with a team that was bent on defending from the front and not giving much space to Liverpool.

Liverpool were stifled and the likes of Benteke and Firmino provided nothing to the team, instead it was Newcastle who did more in the second half of the game and were rewarded when Georginio Wijnaldum got the ball and his shot was deflected into the roof of the net by Martin Skrtel. With Liverpool chasing an equalizer, Wijnaldum ran onto a through ball in the dying minutes to give Newcastle a 2-0 win.

The win leaves Newcastle in the relegation zone but provides Steve McClaren a huge boost as he tries to save them from the drop while this is a spanner in the works for Klopp’s Liverpool, who were looking to make ground on the top 4.

We look back at a shock result and share the five talking points from the game.

Too many changes from Klopp

Jurgen Klopp might have been tempted to rest a few of his star performers from the 6-1 rout, but that didn’t work out today. Dropping the likes of Lallana, Origi and Sturridge actually broke up the continuity of the team and the lack of any firepower cost Liverpool the game. The German stated that he might have started this game with the same starting XI as the last one and maybe that would have been the way to go.

Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. FIFA addict, F1 fanatic.
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