Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 – Sunday 1 October 2017
Elliott 8 – Made several key saves and was beaten by a great strike. Much improved on his distribution today too. Looked like a proper PL goalkeeper.
Yedlin 9 – Was here there and everywhere. A goal saving intervention in the first half, he was solid defensively all day. Also provided that key attacking outlet out wide. Forming a solid partnership with Ritchie on the right hand side.
Clark 7 – Got away with one after a monumental slip up nearly cost us a goal in the second half. However, aside from that mistake it was a usual sold display from him.
Lascelles 9 – A colossal display at the back from the captain. Probably one of his best in an NUFC shirt with neither Sturridge or Firmino getting much joy up against him.
Manquillo 7 – Far from the load of rubbish that Sunderland fans claimed we had signed in the summer. A solid full-back and well worth the money so far.
Shelvey 7 – Did well to keep us ticking alongside Merino. Provided a wonderful assist for Joselu to score as well. Not as sharp as usual but having not featured for a few weeks it was a good display.
Merino 7 – Similar performance to Shelvey really and his first big test in the Premier League. Put himself about well and still looked calm when on the ball. A few mistakes but that’s to be expected. We could have the makings of a really good centre midfield pair.
Atsu 6 – Huffed and puffed but not a good day at the office. Struggled to get the better of a young Joe Gomez at right-back. Would maybe like to see Murphy be given a chance in the next game.
Ritchie 8 – Mr consistent and reliable in the Newcastle team. Works overtime down the right hand side and I can’t speak highly enough of him. May lack the final quality sometimes but he sure makes up for it.
Perez 4 – And on the hand there is this guy who is absolutely useless. I’ve said this before but I just wish he would get up off his backside and play the game. Spends far too much time rolling around, waving his arms, complaining to the referee etc. I would let him off if he was good but he’s not. He’s rubbish.
Joselu 7 – Rating would have been lower if he didn’t score but he did and that’s all you can ask of him. Can’t fault his work ethic, and he seems to get around the pitch smoother and quicker than Mitrovic without stamping on anyone or picking up a ban while he is at, so well done to him!
Hayden 7 – Helped to secure the point in the end but will be worried about the emergence of Shelvey and Merino as a pair.
Gayle N/A (Not on long enough)
Diame N/A (Not on long enough)
A brilliant game, a really good display and lots of positives!
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)
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(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)