Liverpool fans had another frustrating day at the office.
Their team dominating possession at Newcastle but creating relatively few clear chances, then after seeing a wonder goal from Coutinho, only seven minutes later Jonjo Shelvey’s brillant ball caught out a ball watching defence.
End result – one point each.
Interesting reading the comments (see below) from Liverpool fans, credit given to Rafa Benitez, as well as the slating of their own team for not taking chances and the ‘defending’.
Some of the Rafa praise is given alongside an overview of just how poor the Newcastle players are as individual, with the former Liverpool boss credited with forming them into a team that has already picked up 10 points from seven games.
The Liverpool bench cost some £35m more than the entire Newcastle first team, it is indeed a minor miracle what Rafa Benitez is achieving so far.
Liverpool fans commenting via their top Red and White Kop message board:
‘The more i think about it the more Benitez gave Klopp a lesson yesterday.
I mean we won’t come up against many teams who are as rubbish individually as Newcastle, I mean they are woefully poor all over the pitch.
Joselu is slow and ponderous, Atsu lacks any intelligence on the ball. Ritchie is predictable. Shelvey rash but their one player who can pass the ball.
Both the full backs are clumsy, unimaginative going forward and their centre backs grab shirts and hold in order to stay with the man. We basically won every aerial challenge round the middle of the park.
However, what rafa did was let our weakest players have the ball, he literally pushed us towards Gomez, he let Henderson have as much time as he could and he stuck the full-backs like glue on mane and salah when they received the ball with their back to goal, same with Sturridge.’
‘The better side for the whole game, score a wonderful goal, self destruct at the back.
We created fewer chances and generally seemed flat and not at it.
Their goal falls into the category of “you couldn’t make it up”. He was never scoring in that one on one until Matip sorted it for him. Truly incredible.
Up until now I’ve always said we’re just unlucky and still very entertaining to watch. Today, not so much.
We are being nullified too easily by average teams and again in the last half hour we lose our composure and were never going to score.’
‘Klopp’s excuses are making him sound like Rodgers.
You win nothing with Kevin Keegan football. I miss Rafa.’
‘I just can’t get over how unlucky we were to concede yesterday.
Matip did everything right to recover letting a player wander between him and Lovren on the half way line, and 99 times out of 100 his challenge sees that ball deflect away harmlessly. Had that happened we’d be talking about a well earned professional away win…..’
‘99 times out of 100 a decent striker would’ve finished the chance before Matip got anywhere near him.
Don’t kid yourself into thinking we are unlucky to concede when results will tell you that regardless of the opposition we will concede at least 1 goal if not more in a game.’
‘There really were some Bizarre misses by us yesterday.
Not a great result, and we deserved nothing more from the game.
There goal….. great ball but should never have been allowed to play it.’
‘The interesting thing is that today we created more and better chances than Spurs, and gave Newcastle almost nothing.
Yet it’s 1-1 after missing 5 clear chances and kicking the ball in off a players shin. We are having a mare in both boxes. It’s the worst thing in terms of immediate results but a bigger problem for any side is when performances are rotten.’
‘Really? All I remember is:
1.Sturridge and Salah’s chance
2.Goalmouth scramble from a corner
‘Probably the first time since the end of Rodgers era that i’ve been embarrassed of our team. We play some decent football at times but the way we defend, it really is hard to take to these group of players.’
‘Wow I am deflated after that one. I had great expectations for this one that our front 4 could finally open up and destroy a team but it just didn’t happen. When Coutinho rattled another screamer into the top corner I thought “let the flood gates open” but it wasn’t to be.
Lovren and Matip should be embarrased by that goal. That is under 12s stuff.’
‘We barely let Newcastle out of their half. The problem was we didn’t drop off and didn’t press the ball for their goal.
Arguably, Gini can’t press the ball there, if he commits and gets taken out of the game by Shelvey it’s a bigger problem. He was positioning himself to prevent a forward pass yet Shelvey still managed it.
But the defence has to drop when they see that happen. Even then Matip did brilliant to get back, tackle the guy and somehow the ball still went it. That is just rotten luck.
We are making these little mistakes too often and it’s costing us every time. Whereas a Newcastle player misses the ball in his own box and we fluff the two chances we have to finish the easy chance.’
‘Barcodes dug in, worked their backsides off and played a clever game re-loading up on our best players and leaving Gomez to be creative, which is not his gig.
If you don’t take your chances and we had enough, that’s what happens.’
‘He is very good tactically is Rafa. you have a good one there.’