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Sky Sports grade Newcastle United on their performance against Liverpool

9 months ago
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Sky Sports have looked at the performances of all the Premier League clubs in this Boxing Day schedule of games.

The broadcaster giving a grade for each team’s display and a write-up on the performance.

Despite drawing without having a single shot on target, Newcastle United have been rated as a C+.

Many Newcastle fans might feel that is a little generous considering they were on the end of a 4-0 hammering.

It was terrible defending for the first and fourth goals, whilst the killer second goal was a combination of Salah cheating and match officials falling for it.

Sky Sports (see below) talk about a ‘sensational’ second half performance by Liverpool. Once they were gifted that two goal lead it was game over and Newcastle simply sat back and tried to not get hammered, whilst the scousers had freedom to knock it about.

They are obviously a good team but I honestly thought Liverpool weren’t great yesterday, they didn’t have to be.

Sky Sports verdict – Newcastle United (C+):

“Before half-time, Newcastle would have been happy enough to trail Liverpool 1-0 – they weren’t out of the game by any stretch, and had a few chances they should have scored from.

“But after Mohamed Salah’s penalty, just three minutes into the second 45, they seemed to lose any belief they could snatch a result.

Rafa Benitez’s team don’t often let their heads drop – especially considering the amount of defending they are often tasked with – but they were outclassed in the second half by Liverpool and 4-0 was not harsh on them.”

Whilst for the scousers Sky Sports described their 4-0 victory:

Liverpool (A):

“Liverpool were relentless in their pursuit of victory, never letting a stubborn Newcastle defence frustrate them and constantly chipping away looking to add to Dejan Lovren’s early goal.

“Their second-half performance was sensational, barely allowing Newcastle a sniff and scoring three goals without reply.

“Whisper it quietly, as there is a long way to go, but this certainly looked a performance of potential champions.

“Liverpool became the first team to put four past Newcastle since Manchester United in November 2017, and most encouragingly, their chances came from all over the pitch.”

Sky Sports grades on Premier League performances this past weekend (Southampton play West Ham tonight) :

(A) Liverpool, Leicester, Tottenham, Everton

(B) Fulham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Wolves, Brighton

(B-) Crystal Palace

(C+) Newcastle United, Cardiff

(C) Arsenal, Watford, Huddersfield

(D) Man City

(E) Bournemouth, Burnley

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