Saturday finished Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0.

Rafa’s team two down 10 minutes after half-time and then no way back into the match.

The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game.

Here goes…

POSITIVES

We did ok!

I think that is the main thing to take out of the game. For this Newcastle team to get beat 2-0 at Anfield against this Liverpool team isn’t a bad result.

We didn’t get battered, and although we didn’t really offer much going forward, it was a respectable display I think. Certainly more positives to take from the performance than negatives.

These are not the games that are going to define the rest of our season. For any of us that have been doing our own online predictors, I would like to think that 99% of us had us down to get beat yesterday.

Goal Difference

Importantly as well, the goal difference was kept down to -2, which as the season draws to a close, it looks like GD might just play a big role come the end. My dad always says, having a good goal difference (which we do relative to our rivals) is like having an extra point.

Card stays in pocket

Lascelles didn’t get a red card. You would have to have your black and white goggles on to say that he shouldn’t have been sent off at the end when he chopped down Salah outside the box. A straight red and a ban would have been a disaster for us, so that is by far the biggest positive to take away from the game.

NEGATIVES

Ability going forward

The lack of ability going forward in this side is frightening really. This is no disrespect to either Gayle or Joselu but how poor we are as an attacking threat, really is hard to watch sometimes. The two of them run their socks off but the quality is lacking.

This problem is further amplified by the lack of a decent no.10 in the side. Even against a top side like Liverpool, I still expected a little bit more from us going forward. Aside from the obvious (and only reason) Mike Ashley, if there is a ‘footballing’ reason why we still might go down this season, it will be because of how weak we are in front of goal.

Formation

We have yet to show that we can make the most out of the 5-3-2 formation. I was a little surprised, given our recent good form, that Rafa decided to tinker around with the structure of the starting line up against Liverpool.

I know we were away to a good team, and it is in Rafa’s nature to tinker, I just thought it was the wrong decision. Both Yedlin and Kenedy struggled to get forward at all, so instead of playing with wing-backs it felt like they were both solid full-backs. With nobody occupying the no.10 role, Dwight Gayle was even more isolated than he would have normally been.

The Referee costs us?

Mistake from the referee cost us our first goal. As a referee myself, I feel in an ok place to say that the standard in the PL is nothing short of a joke. For me, it was a clear foul on Merino in the build up to the goal. First of all, I don’t think there is a doubt that it was a foul, and I don’t doubt that had it been a player in a red shirt he would have given a free-kick.

Secondly, from the referee’s body language, it was almost as if he was suggesting that there should be an advantage played (without gesturing the advantage sign). This is what really annoys me in games, is when referees don’t ‘know’ the game that they are officiating. This is a situation in which Newcastle would want the free-kick, so letting them have the ball deep inside their own half away at Anfield is by no means an advantage. At the top level, I expect much better.

Oh and don’t expect BT or the ex-Liverpool commentator to pick up on the foul either… AND don’t expect the former NUFC man on the panel to pick it up either because he was too busy talking about how after joining Newcastle at the age of 19 from the lower leagues, playing in front of 52,000, battling for the Premier League and reaching the latter stages of the Champions League and UEFA Cup, after leaving Newcastle at the age of 22, we held him back in his career.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Liverpool: Salah 40, Sane 55

Possession was Liverpool 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Liverpool 14 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Liverpool 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Liverpool 8 Newcastle 3

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 84), Diame, Merino (Hayden 73), Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 66)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Ritchie

Crowd: 53,287 (Newcastle 3,000)

(To read the fan player ratings for Newcastle players at Anfield go HERE )

(To read Alan Shearer’s instant reaction to the game HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 – Read it HERE)

(Read what Jurgen Klopp had to say about the match HERE)

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  • Leazes.

    Does Jensen pay you Jonathan?

    1. We didn’t do okay….we lost….nil points!
    2. If Lascelles had been red carded the plus five goal difference could have been wiped out and still can in one game with spuds!
    3. Liverpool wiped the floor with us, their fans have admiration for Rafa’s ‘anti-football’ which can work occasionally, luckily for them they don’t have to watch it every week.

    Is Jensen going to ask for ‘five things we have learned’ next?

    The chronicle and every sister paper does it…. Ryder, Douglas and Waugh have learned one hundred and forty five thing this season…. and they still know nowt. Three good and three bad is just a daft template, there’s nothing positive or negative in achieving an objective outlook to a report….its just ignorant,

    If you know Mark….Is he married to Fleckman?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂

    • Wor Lass

      I wanted to comment on this but I don`t think I can follow that!

      • Leazes.

        The Mag has become too systemised, reports are proforma, same adformercials, same predictions, excuses….. find three ‘positives’ to being beaten….. come on man….. jees.

        • Wor Lass

          You forgot those lists of players you would pick for the up-coming match that don`t always have all the players on and when they give the resulting 11 it`s just a list of all the most popular picks with no formation. Presumably, if 11 players were more popular than the first keeper they`d put an 11 up with no goalkeeper.

    • Peaky Magpie

      That will not be beaten today,like Wor Lass below I’ve got nowt to say now..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Was a clear foul and the players were waiting for the free kick then a bad bounce of Murphy set them up for the goal so two bits of bad luck. Probably would have not got the second as we had to push up after going one down.

  • Andrew C

    As a LFC fan I would say that, although NUFC were beaten, they didn’t do too badly. We destroyed Man City in a few moments and at the end of the game the score line flattered them not Liverpool. NUFC are a great club, great support and a brilliant manager in Benitez. Pretty much a championship side competing in the PL and not looking favourites to be relegated is some achievement. Keep supporting them as best you can, they need all the positives you can give them. Negativity is a stupid emotion and a waste of time. I hope you stay up, I hope you keep Rafa and that you get the ownership that you deserve. We will play Man U at their ground next week and they will park more buses than you Stagecoach have. You beat them a couple of weeks ago, be proud of that achievement and move forward.

    • Leazes.

      Looking for equal measures is a stupid way of analysing a situation.

      • Andrew C

        A balanced view is stupid? People should the reality of the situation. We all have hopes for our clubs but don’t confuse hope with expectation. As Ive said I HOPE you stay up, with what’s gone on I don’t expect it.

        • Leazes.

          Jolly good, I’m just referring to the irritating 3 good – 3 bad analysis as a means to spin when there isn’t a need. It is a device used by a lot of media to lie about things.

          • Andrew C

            lol sorry for jumping to the wrong conclusion. It just shows people are equally split in their thoughts I suppose. Horrible time to be in the bottom half of the table and having a soft spot for NUFC get’s me flapping my gums some. Good luck :)

  • Mike

    nope a defeat is a defeat

  • robbersdog

    So…the positives are that we did ok, we didn’t have a player sent off and we ‘only’ conceded two goals.

    And people say our club lacks ambition!

  • Desree

    Goal difference is like an extra point? So if we are in the relegation spots by a point but we have better goal difference, do we stay up?

  • Leicester Mag

    If only we’d had Jermoan Jenius we’d have wiped the floor with them.