When reviewing any match in the aftermath, it is easy to base everything around the result and ignore what the reality is/was.
I’m not saying Newcastle deserved to get anything at Liverpool but it certainly wasn’t as straightforward as many are trying to make out.
Football is such a brilliant, and frustrating, game because there is no certainty, it is all about taking your chances.
I remember the infamous home match against Fulham back in 2004, Newcastle got stuffed 4-1 and yes it wasn’t a great display by NUFC but it was a crazy match.
The Cottagers scored with pretty much every one of their attacks and didn’t even have a single corner in the game.
Liverpool weren’t lucky on Saturday but they were also clinical.
They had three efforts on target and scored two of them, Dubravka was busy taking crosses etc but I struggle to remember many times of panic. Newcastle had two efforts on target and Diame saw his shot brilliantly saved – small margins.
The overall shot count was 14 to the scousers and 7 to the Magpies.
If you look at the whole season of Premier League matches at Anfield, you will see that Rafa Benitez deserves loads of credit for his game plan – restrict Liverpool as much as possible and try to take the chance or two that comes our way.
When a side scores two of their three shots on target there is little you can do.
Below is every Liverpool home PL match this season, the first stat is shots on target for both teams (so 13 for Liverpool and 1 for Palace), then the next stat is overall shots for both teams (so 23 for Liverpool and 4 Palace):
13-1 and 23-4 Liverpool 3 Crystal Palace 0
10-0 and 18-8 Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0
9-4 and 35-5 Liverpool 1 Burnley 1
5-1 and 19-6 Liverpool 0 Man Utd 0
8-0 and 16-1 Liverpool 3 Huddersfield 0
8-0 and 21-5 Liverpool 3 Southampton 0
4-3 and 16-11 Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
3-2 and 23-3 Liverpool 1 Everton 1
5-1 and 14-6 Liverpool 0 West Brom 0
9-4 and 22-7 Liverpool 5 Swansea 0
6-1 and 18-7 Liverpool 2 Leicester 1
7-4 and 16-11 Liverpool 4 Man City 3
3-6 and 9-13 Liverpool 2 Tottenham 2
12-4 and 21-7 Liverpool 4 West Ham 1
3-2 and 14-7 Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0
Even at home, Rafa Benitez can take real pride in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool earlier this season, the stats then showing Liverpool may have had 17 shots overall but only two on target, whilst Newcastle had 5 on target and 8 overall.
5-2 and 8-17 Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1