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Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat

2 years ago

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1  – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle losing to Liverpool in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Jamie Swan:

“Shock lead and a thunderba..ard from Willems’ swinger was a nice surprise at Anfield.

“Never thought it would be enough but it gave us something to hang on to.

“And hang on we did for a third of the game.

“The lads worked really hard and there is no shame whatsoever in getting turned over by the European Champions and I’ve seen us roll over and get our tummies tickled with way more talented teams.

“We scratch off one of the hardest games and move on.

“Gone are the days where this is a big game, not under Ashley’s NUFC, and it feels ridiculous to be delighted at not getting battered.

“Enjoy the rest of your weekend.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“A game of reasonable effort from our lads but some terrible individual mistakes.

“Still unconvinced by our front three scoring that many this season but suppose it was a tough game to judge.

“The truth is, whenever you go to Liverpool or Manchester City at the moment you are doing well to still be in the game in the second half, that’s how good they are.

“Let’s now get a win next week and kickstart the season properly.”

Paul Patterson:

“Well that was to be expected.

“Season won’t be defined by defeats at Anfield.

“Sadly, I don’t see us beating too many lower teams either…”

Jamie Smith:

“Could have been a lot worse that.

“I think scoring first gives you a false hope, even though you know better than to allow it (I remember Patrick Kluivert doing something similar about 15 years back – must be a Dutch thing).

“No disgrace here and it was always a write off.

“Next week’s game is a far better yardstick of how (bad) things are going to be.”

David Punton:

“There was a stat kicking about before this game about only three of our team costing more than £10m.

“It has shown.

“We’re miles behind Liverpool.

“Light years in fact.

“Good goal from Willems.”

Kieran Reynolds:

“Liverpool have been brilliant at home and I was expecting a heavy defeat.

“Thought we were fantastic in the opening 25 minutes but individual errors let Liverpool back into it and they were fairly comfortable in the end.

“Can’t fault the effort but Liverpool are miles ahead of us.

“The match against Brighton next week is huge and we really need a win.”

Anthony Stafford:

“So the inevitable Anfield defeat.

“Promising start, even take the lead, then….

“Woeful defending again, way too deep and inviting Liverpool on to us.

“No possession, can’t pass to our own team.


Sam Hepworth;

“Liverpool flat and complacent at the start of each half.

“Excellent Willems goal punished the scousers in the first half but Emil Krafth passed up an excellent chance after the break, following Atsu’s deep cross finding him unmarked.

“Despite Willems’ goal, I thought yet further evidence today that both he and Krafth are nowhere near good enough in the wing-back roles, especially defensively.”

Ben Cooper:

“Good first 10 minutes in each half, the expected battering the rest of the time.

“On the face of it 3-1 isn’t a bad result and the players worked hard and kept the score down after a great goal from Willems gave us the lead.

“I didn’t expect us to get anything other than a hammering so it was closer than I had anticipated.

“The scoreline was closer at least, when you see the gulf between the sides it is difficult to even consider anything else.”

Nat Seaton:

“Well it turned out how I expected it would in the end but at least we had the cracking goal scored by Willems and a celebration to match, it’s been a while since I was screaming for joy at Anfield!

“Liverpool punish your ‘little mistakes’, Krafth for the first goal, Atsu and Dubravka for the second, and Lascelles messing around with the ball when he could have cleared, losing possession to Salah who then scores after the ball never leaves the final third.

“Overall, not the worst performance in recent times at Anfield but still a loss and there will be plenty more teams come here and lose this season…”

Steve Hickey:

No shame losing 3-1 at Anfield, better teams will do a lot worse, just ask Barcelona.

“Sad thing is though, we can’t beat the bottom team at home.

“Just makes you appreciate how well we did at Spurs.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm



Willems 7


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

Unused Subs

Darlow, Clark, Ki, Matty Longstaff

Crowd: 51,430  (3,000 Newcastle)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players HERE)


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