After the conclusion of the weekend fixtures, Sky Sports have produced a ‘hotlist’ of the Premier League’s top performers in the latest round of games.
The broadcaster highlighting those who had been man of the match in their respective games.
Alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, and Alexis Sanchez, Matt Ritchie was the star man at St James Park.
Sky Sports revealing that the winger covered more ground than any other player on the pitch, an impressive 10.7km.
In their write-up (see below) they point out that Matt Ritchie had four assists in his previous four games but it was ‘discipline that stood out from the crowd here’.
Rafa Benitez has previously said that the Newcastle players should look to Ritchie if they want the perfect example of commitment and passion.
That was certainly the case once again on Sunday.
“Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.
“Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool – Matt Ritchie
“The Scotland winger has four assists in his last four appearances coming into this game – but it was his discipline without the ball that stood him out from the crowd here.
“He epitomised Newcastle’s organisation – especially in the second period – with a defensive display to restrict Liverpool’s play down their left flank.
“It was no surprise to note he covered 10.7km – more than any other player.”
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)
(Garth Crooks says Liverpool should have ‘smashed’ Newcastle. Read it HERE)
(Read Rafa’s post-match reaction HERE)
(Read Jurgen Klopp’s post-match reaction HERE)
(Danny Murphy pushes Jonjo Shelvey for England HERE)
(Read the match ratings of all Newcastle players HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)