Match Report: Liverpool suffer top four set back in 1-1 draw with Newcastle

By | October 1, 2017
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Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw after a Philippe Coutinho stunner was cancelled out thanks to a sloppy defending from Klopp’s side.

The visitors struck the first blow just before the half-hour mark when Philippe Coutinho curled home an excellent strike from outside the box, but their lead was to cut short by a Joselu strike.

The Magpies struck back ten minutes before half time when a Jonjo Shelvey pass split the Reds defence leaving Joselu free on goal.

Both sides were unable to get a winner after the break, as Jurgen Klopp was left ruing yet another costly defensive error.

There has not been a goalless draw between these two sides since 1974, a run of 67 matches and there was no chance of that sequence being broken.

Liverpool ought to have gone in front when former Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum made a forward run to reach a corner and flick the ball goal wards with it rebounding off the post. Dejan Lovren swiped at it, missed but was then given another chance with his sided-footed shot cleared off the line by Jamaal Lascelles. Even then it fell to Sadio Mane who, from a tight angle, steered the ball wide.

Once Liverpool were ahead it appeared ominous for Newcastle but they quickly struck back with Shelvey sliding the ball through the centre, with neither Lovren nor Joel Matip bothering to mark Joselu. Suddenly the striker was clear on goal but he is not the quickest and Matip managed to get back to tackle only for the ball to rebound off Joselu’s left shin and trickle past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net. It was not an own goal but it felt like one.

The game began to drift. Shelvey cleared a Lovren header but Liverpool were toiling with Mane and Sturridge, who had struggled in the game. Chances became a premium with substitute Dominic Solanke drifting a diving header wide while, moments later, another substitute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have scored but with another diving header sent the ball high over the cross-bar from Alberto Moreno’s cross.

In injury-time Newcastle almost got the winmer when the ball dropped to substitute Mohamed Diame but he could not find the power to beat Mignolet who gathered his shot.

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