The Newcastle v Liverpool player ratings as voted by United fans.
A very strange day at Anfield but ultimately uplifting, especially the fact that a very unexpected point was added to Newcastle’s survival hopes.
What though did the Newcastle supporters make of it?
If you marked the team purely on the fact they made a comeback from two goals down then fair to say you would mark them all highly – but good to see that supporters are also capable of divorcing the feel good factor of how the scoring went, compared to what they actually saw with their own eyes.
Newcastle’s players showed plenty of fight in their second half performance but were still very much second best when it came to keeping possession and moving the ball around. Whilst in the first half the gulf in ability between the two sides was embarrassing, as United struggled to get out of their own half.
The Newcastle v Liverpool player ratings have produced two clear stars of the show at Anfield.
Vurnon Anita (7.7) and Andros Townsend (7.5) a long way ahead of the rest.
Anita put in a great shift at the back and got forward at times, including a superb cross for Cisse’s goal.
Whilst with Andros Townsend, surely he is the one player Newcastle can’t do without in these last three matches. He is the only real out ball, the player who is willing to take it and run to both get Newcastle out of trouble and threaten the opposition. Five players were attracted to him to prevent the shot, only for the former Spurs winger to cross with his right and Colback score the equaliser.
There were then four further players who were given credit: Mbemba (6.9), Tiote (6.7), Colback (6.5) and Lascelles (6.6).
The other three definitely deserve those marks but I think Lascelles is a little fortunate and is profiting from the previous two matches. Yesterday, I thought he could have done better with the first goal and definitely should have come out and closed down the second.
Elsewhere, Ayoze Perez (4.3) was seen as the weakest and once again he is talented – but at the same time regularly puts in performances where he doesn’t really contribute. Little surprise he was subbed at half-time.
The other four players: Darlow (5.8), Dummett (5.6), Sissoko (5.9) and Cisse (5,9) were all rated as poor to average.
They did all contribute to some extent and I would say Darlow is the most unlucky to be marked down, could do nothing with the goals and made one excellent save from a header at 2-1.
Cisse scored but did little else, Dummett was his usual limited self but tried, whilst Sissoko flitted in and out but wasn’t really involved enough.
These are the collective fan ratings as at noon on Sunday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Liverpool player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.