Jurgen Klopp was understandably a happy man after Saturday’s match, back above Manchester United into second place, plus creating a gap of seven points to those outside the Champions League places.

However, he does want more from his team and says that even at two goals up ‘I did feel we had to control the game better’.

Liverpool were patient as they totally dominated possession and Jurgen Klopp says it has taken time but both the crowd and fans are now buying into the fact that at times they may have to wait for the first goal.

Newcastle didn’t do a massive amount wrong on either goal, more a case of the opportunity opening up for the scousers to attack at pace in numbers, with good moves producing good goals.

However, the Liverpool boss does accept that the key moment in the match was probably when Newcastle had their one real effort on goal, especially the timing of it.

Mohamed connecting just outside the box, just on the stroke of half-time, and the ball sailing into the top corner…only for Karius to pull off a fantastic save.

Jurgen Klopp says “For sure, if the ball is in it changes the game’ and that the timing of it would have been ‘perfect moment’ for Newcastle.

Being able to speak after a win, Klopp says he was pleased that his keeper had the one chance to show his quality, as life at a top club often means there is a lot of doing nothing for your goalkeeper.

Whether an equaliser then would have changed the outcome is obviously an unknown but it would certainly have given Newcastle hope – plus the defending had been decent before Salah scored five minutes before the break.

Always going to be difficult for Rafa and his players and next Saturday against Southampton is the big one, Newcastle definitely need more than one effort at goal and I’m sure the tactics will reflect that, Liverpool having taken away most of Southampton’s quality players these past few years.

Jurgen Klopp:

“I often forget the result during the game, so even though we were 2-0 up I did feel we had to control the game better.

“But then when you step out on the pitch, you realise the wind, so it was difficult to do the right thing in the right moment.

“We scored two wonderful goals and for sure should have had a penalty but didn’t.

“Newcastle defended really well and are a good team with quality.

“We lost a few balls we don’t usually lose and Roberto Firmino didn’t have much support. It caused a few problems but not too many.”

‘How important was the stunning Karius save from Mohamed Diame just before half-time?’

“Very, very.

“I wouldn’t say that we would have had no chance afterwards to win the game, but for sure, if the ball is in it changes the game.

“What was it, the 45th minute roundabout? So Newcastle would have said ‘perfect moment’, but for us it would have been exactly the opposite.

“It is exactly the life of a top class goalkeeper; if you are at a top team, you have not a lot to do but when you have something to do you need to be there…he was there.

“It is better that Newcastle had the finish and he could make the save, than if they couldn’t have shot the ball at the goal, because then nobody speaks about the goalkeeper.

“It was fantastic, it was like scoring to be honest.”

‘Greater patience and calm in the team and crowd?’

“It’s nice – the faith and the trust of the crowd improved. You always have to earn things like this and with a few performances we earned it.

“I think people are now more convinced that it can happen at one moment in the game than they were before. That helps massively. That’s what I meant when I said we have to create this situation together.

“I would have been happier in the last 10 minutes if we had kept the ball constantly. They didn’t attack so why try to play through balls? There’s absolutely no reason because you don’t have to take any risks.

“We are on the way to doing that. This team is obviously always on the front foot to score the next goal, but we adapted to the situation as a team. The crowd wer really brilliant.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0


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 match 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)

  • Paul Patterson

    We’ve gone to Anfield with much more talented sides than this one and lost by much heavier margins. No great shame losing 0-2 to their forward line.
    Other games will decide if we stay up or not . .

    • Leazes.

      excellent news.

    • ghostrider

      Yep but we gave them a game and lost. We entertained our fans and lost.
      This team is set up with very little of that in mind.
      Liverpool were only in second gear.
      The only positive I can take from this game is that we battle as a team.

      The trouble is, that’s the very basic and very least I expect from our team.
      Just a walk in the park for Liverpool.

      • Paul Patterson

        Entertainment for whom? The tv audience? Great. Lose by 4-5 and we’d be on the same goal difference as the dead men, but hey, at least we entertained the audience . .

        • ghostrider

          Who cares about goal difference?
          The only people that care about goal difference are those who expect to be bored to death or who buy into the fiction that goal difference stands out as a percentage reality of staying up when only about 5 times in something like 26 premier league years has goal difference played a part.

          I’ll tell you what.
          When footballers are paid minimum wage then I’ll accept that I can’t demand entertainment.
          Until that happens, I can and do demand it.

          There’s 3 things I demand from handsomely paid employees of a football club.

          1. I demand entertainment from the playing side that I come to watch.

          2. I demand 100% effort from all players.

          3. I demand any team put out onto that pitch to play opposition players, to go out and try to win the game.

          I do not expect them to win every game or draw every game or lose every game.
          I just demand all the three things I mentioned.

          If you think that your football club is not obliged to serve you this then fair enough. I do.

          • Mitros gotta start

            My biggest pet peeve with people on here is this horseshyte that goal difference could be worth an extra point at the end of the season….no it isnt….and even if it was worth an extra point is it worth it if you constantly throw real points away by being too negative or trying to hang on to leads instead of keep playing the way you got in front in the 1st place!

          • ghostrider

            I honestly don’t even think Rafa is thinking about goal difference if the truth be known. that’s just getting used as an excuse for his absolute dire football and the strain he’s putting on the squad by having them sat back defending for so much of the match that many are starting to forget what their ideal positions are…it seems.
            I think Rafa’s belief was, he could finish high up by frustrating teams and it’s backfired on him so he’s passing the buck to anywhere but himself.

          • Lofty

            Sky have turned football into ‘entertainment’. It’s a professional sport. I think my football club is obliged to be run as competitively as possible and to try and win professional football matches. You are right to expect effort and an attempt to win that is a given, but to DEMAND that AND entertainment in a professional sport? Maybe a handful of clubs, teams or individuals could give you that. Unfortunately, Newcastle United at this time is not one of them.

          • ghostrider

            But it is one of them.
            The problem is the fans who are brainwashed into believing that it’s all about points above all else.
            It’s nonsense to think just on those lines.

            When you go to a football match there isn’t a league table on a massive screen for all to see that jumps about in points…or a tannoy system that blurts out ” hooray, Newcastle United are on course to keep their goal difference the same as last week due to a SHUTOUT (and at that time a big digital screen shows a door slamming shut as cheerleaders get shown pom pomming it)….then all the fans cheer as the team has managed to defend an almost 90 minute onslaught by an away team that came to attack the super defenders who are managed by Rearguard Rafa the ruiner.

            Something like that.
            90 minutes plus a few extra once a week. Once a week on average.
            45 minutes plus a little extra and a 15 minute break before the next 45 minutes on average once a week in front of thousands and thousands of people who pay real good money to those 90 minute performers to perform.

            Now here’s the key.
            Do those fans go to a game expecting to cheer for a goal?
            Or do those fans go to a game expecting to cheer their team off for shutting out the team that came to score goals to give their own fans something to cheer about?

            Mate…football is to entertain and fans remember goals scored and exceptional forward play much more than a cleared effort off the line or a powering header away from the goal.

            Any manager that sets up a team to basically defend , should be sacked immediately and it should be written into the contract….in an ideal world….my ideal world.
            It’s such a shame football’s sold to the devil.

          • Lofty

            I take your point to an extent. Ultimately though it IS about points/winning. I’d watch Beardsley, Gascoigne and Shearer any day, but at this moment in time we don’t have them. If we ultimately won a cup playing as we are I’d take it in a heartbeat. I loved the Keegan and Robson eras and I was entertained to within an inch of my life, but we still won nowt. Rafa will never fill a team with flair. He didn’t do it at Liverpool, but he did craft a team that won trophies and for that reason alone I’ll give him the room to do that. How we get there is not important to me personally, as long as I get to see a shiny thing getting waved from an open top bus. As you said to a previous post though, it’s all about your own vision really and we can agree to disagree. Good to be able to argue the point though!

          • ghostrider

            I definitely see your own point. I may disagree with it to some extent in terms of my own thoughts but it’s clear to understand why a meaningful trophy sort of gives us fans a measure of belonging and a bit of bragging right to the world of football.

            But here’s the key.
            Not too long ago I used to get butterflies in the stomach in anticipation of the game ahead.
            Sometimes I’d shake when it came to near kick off in the bigger games.
            I always used to dream that we’d unearth the next proper centre forward who would kick-start their Newcastle United career.

            I still had it …..just….when Wijnaldum scored 4 and I genuinely believed we would start to see some real Newcastle United entertainment from those players….until it all went sour.

            This season under Rafa has extinguished those butterflies and dreams and the anticipation of an entertaining game ahead.
            I’ll always love Newcastle United no matter what.
            I’ll always be a fan and supporter no matter what, whether it’s in the premier league or the amateur non-league, as long as the club is still Newcastle United.

            But I know we deserve better. I don’t mean we deserve trophies…I mean we deserve better football when the manager is paid near 6 million a year. I demand it and I do not accept any reasons for dire football with an excuse of a potential points/point return.

            Take a look at Brighton and Hughton. A team that has a go because they aren’t coached not to.
            We are and the saddest thing is, Hughton will most likely be on a 10th of Rafa’s wage.

            Who’s fans do you think are the happiest?

          • Lofty

            Fair points mate, I must be pragmatic! I don’t care a flying fudge about other fans happiness or lack of though…

          • ghostrider

            We all have our own personal choices and likes and dislikes pertaining to everything in life, which just happens to include football for us.

        • Ram Kishore

          Entertainment is important but at our present state I don’t expect that entertainment is seriously required.. with comparable teams obviously Rafa plays his team to.give entertainment.. but yesterday we should have shown few more attempts on goal

  • Leazes.

    In case anyone didn’t read the Q&A with Ashley in January…..

    “…..said he was hoping we’d stay up to then sell in the summer as he has no interest in the club and does not want to invest, saying this why we got loan signings last month……

    on the takeover…’“I asked him if there was any other parties involved. He said Staveley was the only one who came forward, but said that deal was ‘off completely’.

    ….“He talked about any takeover deal as being ‘straight forward’ as the club is in no debt. He compared it to getting a standard mortgage.

    “As he was about to walk out he said ‘we will carry on!’. To this I responded ‘as long as you keep Rafa!’.

    If nobody comes forward don’t expect any signings apart from loan deals, whatever league we are playing in…. this is his play it by ear policy!

    Winging it!

  • Steven05

    Like it or hate it – Rafa’s job is to try to keep this bunch of players up

    If we talk about ‘this great club’, we are romantically talking from selective memory

    Rafa and the team are doing all they can to achieve what shouldn’t really be possible – come up from the championship, keep the same team, and stay up