Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 – Sunday 1 October 2017
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“I was delighted with that to be honest.
“I haven’t seen Liverpool play much under Klopp but before the game I was looking at their attacking players and thinking we were going to get battered.
“Maybe we would have if they had taken a couple of their chances, or if we hadn’t scored a lucky goal so soon after theirs, who knows.
“I wasn’t impressed by Liverpool though, there was a bit near the end where an advert ran around the pitch billboard which just said FLANNELS. That sums up a few of Liverpool’s players perfectly.
“Not NUFC though, just shows how much you can get out of a game by working hard and doing the simple things well.
“Rafa is creating a platform to build with better players, especially up front where again Perez and Joselu were average and today they were joined by Atsu, who never got in the game.
“Apart from a couple of Ciaran Clark moments that will get him a slot in Liverpool’s hapless defence if he’s not careful, I was totally satisfied that the players had given it their all and with this bunch of players that is all I ask.
“A great point.”
“A decent result, Liverpool will point to dominance of possession and it felt backs to the walls at times, but they weren’t allowed the chances to find a winner.
“Yedlin the pick of a solid defensive display.
“A good few openings for United as well, the front two horribly off the pace, and Joselu extremely fortunate for the equaliser.
“We’ll take it though, hopefully give him a bit of confidence.
“A steady ninth place in the table feels like it may be realistic heading into another bloody international break.”
“Well, that’ll do, thanks.
“Pleased Joselu got a goal.
“Doesn’t matter if he knew relatively little about the contact- he was in the right place, applying pressure. He’s good at getting between centre halves.
“Not the greatest spectacle today, but a good point.
“Rafa decided early on that he’d take a draw and apart from a couple of spectacular self-induced gaffes and tons of Liverpool possession, we never truly looked in any danger.
“Personally, I would have like to have seen us have more of a go 2nd half as Liverpool were average today.
“We do the dirty and donkey work great, it’s the sprinkle of star dust that we are missing.
“Safe hands this season and hopefully the rich bird with 28 billion will be power drinking with Ashley the neet and exchanging loot for the keys to the club.
“One can only hope.”
“We have a manager turning water into wine. that was a tactical master class today, with the players executing the game plan.
“It hands us our first draw of the season against a side assembled at a substantial cost with an array of attacking talent at their disposal.
“Joselu’s struggles in front of goal have been a big talking point of late but thankfully the Spanish forward has found the net today to rescue the point.
“Fitting tributes for Freddy Shepherd before kick off.”
“Take a draw all day long there.
“Clear gulf in class in the forward areas and if we had snatched a win near the end it would have been very fortunate.
“Speaking of fortunate, that was without doubt the only way Joselu could get on the scoresheet…Jesus Christ!!
“Tactical masterclass from Benítez.
“Well-drilled, organised and focused throughout – a great team performance.
“Ritchie was absolutely immense today. His work rate is just phenomenal.
“Yedlin and Merino stood out as well. Enormous credit to all involved.
“Pleased for Joselu, reminded me of the type of goal that Jon Dahl Tomasson or Andreas Andersson might have fluked for us back in the day!
“A great point that leaves us in a healthy position going into the international break.
“The question is: will a takeover be completed by the time we’re next in action…?!? ;-)”
“However ,that was a disgraceful showing from the referee.
“That we can normally expect but I can’t condone that non-performance from Perez. Shameful!”
“Exhausted just watching the lads, I feel like I’ve played in the game!
“Thoroughly deserved something from the game, if only for our endeavour and determination to see Rafa’s game plan through.
“Great result, wish we were playing again sooner but the lads have earned their rest.
“Atmosphere was excellent too, a real team effort on & off the pitch.”
“A well deserved point.
“A committed and well organised team competing well against multi million pound players and making them look average…
“Hope going forward that we might just have the ability to stay up!”
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 the match ratings of all Newcastle players HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)