There was no doubt that Liverpool had hoped to secure all three points against a resilient Newcastle United side away from home. However, things did not go according to what manager Jurgen Klopp had planned for the game at St. James’ Park. The Reds suffered yet another defeat, as they went down 2-0 to the Magpies on Sunday.
Klopp’s side were in good form recently and were expected to perform once again away from home, yet it did not work out for the German manager. The first half did not produce any goals as the chances that fell to both sides were not converted by the players. In the second half, the hosts managed to take the lead when Martin Skrtel scored an own goal in the 69th minute of the match. Georginio Wijnaldum added a second for his side in stoppage time to seal all three points.
Simon Mignolet: 2.5/5
Did his bit at goal, though had no chance in preventing the goals from going in.
Nathaniel Clyne: 2.5/5
Always looked to run forward to join the attack, though failed to deal against the threat of Wijnaldum in the build up to the goals.
Martin Skrtel: 2.5/5
Defended well for most part of the game, though it was his own goal that gave the hosts the lead.
Dejan Lovren: 2.5/5
Looked quite solid along with Skrtel, but could have done much better for the opening goal of the game.
Alberto Moreno: 2.5/5
Did his best to keep Janmaat and Sissoko quiet, albeit his efforts went in vain as they got the better of him and produced some good chances for their side.
Lucas Leiva: 2/5
De Jong and Wijnaldum created chances in his presence as he failed to maintain a hold on the game.
Joe Allen: 2/5
Unable to deal with the opposition’s threat from midfield and his performance was weak on the night.
James Milner: 2.5/5
Looked good many times in the game, though his form fluctuated in the match as things did not go well for his team.
Jordon Ibe: 2.5/5
Guilty of giving the ball away quite a few times and failed to make a real impact in the game.
Roberto Firmino: 2/5
Could not leave his mark on the game. He was played alongside Benteke which might have affected his gameplay, but the Brazilian should have done much better.
Christian Benteke: 2/5
Nothing substantial to impress in the game on a night when nothing went right for the Reds.
Adam Lallana: 2.5/5
Came on with 30 minutes of play remaining and looked much better than many of his team-mates.
Daniel Sturridge: 2/5
No real impact made by him as his side searched for a goal to get back into the game.
Divock Origi: N/A
Brought on at the very end of the match and did not have time to make a real impact.