Interesting analysis from Alan Kennedy on Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1
A bit of background for younger fans on Alan Kennedy.
He was born in Sunderland but began his career at Newcastle United.
A very exciting attacking full-back he played for Newcastle from 1972 to 1978, part of the team that were finalists in the FA Cup final in 1974 and League Cup in 1976.
In 1978 he was transferred to Liverpool for £330,000, which at the time was a British record amount for a full-back.
At Liverpool he didn’t do too bad…
As well as winning five league titles, Alan Kennedy also scored the winning goal in two European Cup finals.
In the 1981 European Cup Final against Real Madrid, Kennedy scored the only goal of the match and then scored the decisive penalty in 1984 after Liverpool and Roma were 1-1 after extra-time.
Alan Kennedy was covering Saturday’s match for BBC Merseyside and interesting to see what he had to say about his two former clubs.
Alan Kennedy – BBC Merseyside:
Willems puts Newcastle 1-0 up on seven minutes:
“Well I thought Christian Atsu was offside but the linesman didn’t and they carried on. It was an unstoppable shot, the goalkeeper was bemused by it. We didn’t see that coming, it was their first attack of real note. What a strike! Liverpool will be disappointed to let them in so early.”
After 15 minutes:
“Good, patient play by Liverpool so far. There are some nice crosses in there. Certainly possession-wise Liverpool have more, but Newcastle are more than holding their own at the moment.”
After 25 minutes:
“What we are finding is that Joelinton is coming in between the Liverpool defence. He was offside then but at some point that is going to work. Liverpool are playing some poor balls. They are still patient, they are trying to find a way around the Newcastle defence who have been rock solid so far.”
Sadio Mane equalises on 28 minutes:
“Absolutely fantastic finish, right in the top corner the goalkeeper had no chance. It was fabulous play by Andy Robertson to get it to Sadio Mane. They have been threatening for a while. Newcastle now need to settle it down and make sure that when they get the ball, they make the most of it.”
Half-time and Liverpool lead 2-1 after Mane scores again on 40 minutes:
“Ultimately the pressure has paid off for Liverpool. Newcastle started really, really well but now they are looking a bit ragged. Sadio Mane has been incredible. When Newcastle scored it was not in some ways against the run off play. Liverpool had had all the possession but they had not had many shots and it was a wake up goal for them.”
At 70 minutes:
“You just wonder whether Newcastle can keep holding on. I know they need another goal but if they keep holding like this then they might get a chance, They are composed, well organised and look fitter than they have in recent weeks.”
Salah makes it 3-1 on 72 minutes:
“Salah has not been at the races for me, he’s been very subdued but when he has moments like that it is fantastic to watch. You cannot complain can you. Newcastle have proved a tough resistance, Liverpool have been looking tired.”
“Newcastle have put their heart and soul into the game but they just aren’t good enough.
“Liverpool have been superb, clinical and collected. They have been very good to watch. They have been disciplined throughout.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm
Mane 28, 40, Salah 72
Possession was Liverpool 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Liverpool 21 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Liverpool 9 Newcastle 1
Corners were Liverpool 10 Newcastle 1
Referee: Andre Marriner
Newcastle team v Liverpool:
Dubravka, Krafth (Manquillo 67), Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Almiron (Muto 67), Joelinton
Darlow, Clark, Ki, Matty Longstaff
Crowd: 51,430 (3,000 Newcastle)
(Jurgen Klopp react to the comeback win HERE)
(Steve Bruce talks after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool HERE)
(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to defeat at Anfield HERE)
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