Liverpool star Dejan Lovren has compared Saturday’s match against Newcastle with the Borussia Dortmund one only nine days previous.
With 25 minutes remaining, Liverpool had to score three goals, Lovren himself scoring the winner in the final seconds.
In its own way, Newcastle’s spectacular fightback from the dead at Anfield, could prove just as crucial to the Magpies.
United didn’t have a kick in the first half as Liverpool totally dominated and could/should have been three or four up, instead of ‘only’ two. at half-time.
Lovren says that Newcastle deserved their point because they still believed they could do it, the defender saying ‘everything is in your head’.
What is for sure is that without Benitez, Newcastle’s players wouldn’t have had enough in their heads, likewise Liverpool against Dortmund if it had been Brendan Rodgers on the touchline instead of Jurgen Klopp.
Good managers are priceless, just as rubbish ones are worthless, as Newcastle fans know all too well…
The team selections of Rafa Benitez are proving that the mental side of things is at least as important as ability, recent games have seen less talent but more application on the pitch for Newcastle and it has proved the difference.
It would be wonderful to one day see both in action at the same time for United and under Rafa that could be a real possibility, I’m keeping everything crossed.
Dejan Lovren talking to the Liverpool official website:
“At half-time we need to think like it’s 0-0. We started really poorly in the second half, so I think they deserved their point.
“It’s like us against Dortmund, it’s the same thing, everything is in your head. If you want to, you can score another two goals.
“We had chances after that but we didn’t score.
“We are not satisfied. We had a good result at half-time, 2-0, and we didn’t concentrate for the [first] goal.
“We knew it would be tough because they’re fighting for their lives and at the end they had two shots at goal and two goals.
“We’re disappointed because we started very well, first half we played well and showed our qualities again, and I think we need to learn from this.
“We will have a couple of lads who have been injured, they will come back, and also who didn’t play today.
“I think we will be in good shape, so we need to just move on and forget about today’s performance.”