Garth Crooks “The Reds should have smashed Newcastle out of sight”
Garth Crooks was in no doubt about which team should have picked up all three points at St James Park on Sunday.
The game ending in a 1-1 stalemate but the BBC pundit letting rip after the final whistle.
Garth Crooks thought that Liverpool ‘should have smashed Newcastle out of sight’.
For all their domination in terms of possession, the visitors produced only two efforts on target, one of them the goal.
It was a stunning effort from Phillipe Coutinho who produced the opener out of nothing and Crooks asks whether Liverpool are ‘over-reliant’ on the Brazilian.
He tried everything he could to leave Anfield in the summer but you could see why the scousers fought so hard to keep him there, Sunday showed why they did so.
However, Garth Crooks thinks this will surely be only a temporary situation, unless Jurgen Klopp manages to put together a defence that is ‘worthy of playing with the Brazilian’.
A brilliant ball from Jonjo Shelvey set up Joselu’s equaliser and Garth Crooks says ‘You could have driven a coach and horses through the gap between Liverpool’s defenders’.
“What is wrong with Liverpool?
“The Reds should have smashed Newcastle out of sight, but instead they limp away from St James’ Park with a point. Are they over-reliant on Philippe Coutinho?
“Since his return to first-team duties, the Brazilian attacking midfielder been absolutely wonderful.
“I’ve been banging on about Liverpool’s defence for 12 months and nothing has been done about it.
“Jonjo Shelvey drove a ball through Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren with such ease for Newcastle’s equaliser it was frightening.
“You could have driven a coach and horses through the gap between Liverpool’s defenders, it was so wide.
“Coutinho is at Anfield for now following the transfer saga of the summer. But I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if it were for one more season only, in a similar manner to Luis Suarez, who also eventually departed to Barcelona.
“However, if performances like this continue you will either burn him out or he will become disenchanted.
“Manager Jurgen Klopp must now fulfil his side of the bargain with Liverpool having held on to Coutinho, and ensure he has a defence worthy of playing with the Brazilian.
“Otherwise, what is the point of the little magician scoring breathtaking goals, if his team can’t defend a lead when he does? There’s no point keeping him.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1
Newcastle: Joselu 36
Liverpool: Coutinho 29
Possession was Liverpool 68% Newcastle 32%
Total shots were Liverpool 17 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Liverpool 2 Newcastle 5
Corners were Liverpool 5 Newcastle 1
Referee: Craig Pawson
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Merino (Hayden 74), Atsu (Diame 90+1), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 79)
Darlow, Lejeune, Murphy, Gamez
Crowd: 52,303 (approx 3,000 Liverpool)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 HERE)
(Read Rafa’s post-match reaction HERE)
(Read Jurgen Klopp’s post-match reaction HERE)
(Read the match ratings of all Newcastle players HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)
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