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Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

7 months ago
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We asked Jack Lacey-Hatton to give us his match ratings after Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1.

Willems scoring a cracking right foot goal to give NUFC the lead.

However, Liverpool gradually took control and it became eventually a case of how many?

Jack Lacey-Hatton gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments.

Martin Dubravka – 6

A disappointing day for our first choice keeper.

His normally excellent distribution was slightly wayward, he looked a little shaky on crosses. The mistake for the second goal is obvious for everyone to see and it’s hard to rate a keeper that highly when such a mistake is made. Comes with the territory unfortunately.

Brilliant saves, from Alexander-Arnold and Robertson in the second half, redeemed himself a little.

Emil Krath – 5

He has looked extremely solid since singing but it was a tough afternoon for our Swedish summer signing.

Robertson gave him constant problems on the far side and he was caught out diving in, in the build-up to the Liverpool equaliser. Missed a huge chance in the second half which should have got us back to 2-2.

Fabian Schar – 6

A quieter day for Fabian after his excellent form in recent weeks for club and country. The movement and fluidity of Mane was always going to be difficult for him to keep under wraps.

Even so, he will be a little disappointed with his outing. Unfortunate slip for the third goal, leading to an injury that forced him off temporarily.

Jamal Lascelles – 6

Made some crucial headed interceptions and kept the backline fairly well organised but a lack of pace continues to be a problem when teams play through the centre against us.

Would he get in the team if Florian Lejune was fully fit? Probably not when considering each centre half’s current form.

Paul Dummett – 7

Our best defender on the day. Excellent positioning, timely blocks and even some decent distribution made this a very good display from our local lad.

His confidence also seems sky high since the Spurs game. Long may his excellent form continue.

Jetro Willems – 7

Great physicality and a wonder goal to boot. The best game so far from our new Dutchman.

He has moved on from the awful start against Arsenal and is settling nicely into the division. Looked better for a rest during the international break.

Isaac Hayden – 6

It’s hard to dispute this man is now our most consistent player, he certainly has been for much of 2019 at least.

Excellent breaking up of play in the first 20 minutes allowed us to get a foot in the game. Only seemed to find it tougher towards the end when inevitably energy levels went down.

Jonjo Shelvey – 5

Did work harder defensively than in previous outings. Just not enough quality on the ball going forward, with a number of his passes cut out or going astray. A different sort of game from Jonjo with more defensive solidity. A performance probably not good enough to take Longstaff out of the team, if he is back next week.

Miguel Almiron – 5

For work rate alone he would be at least a 7, possibly an 8, on today’s performance, but with the ball it just won’t quite sit for him at the moment.

His promising run in the first half down the right wing, which then led to him being crowded out by three defenders, probably sums up his season so far. Worked so hard he was sacrificed on 66 minutes.

Christian Atsu – 4

Nowhere near good enough from the wide man today. Little end product and a costly giveaway in midfield that led to Liverpool scoring.

At times hanging onto the ball far too long, when he had teammates in far better positions. Disappointing after his excellent performance at Spurs. His touch at times was completely wayward.

Joelinton – 5

At times his hold up play is excellent but at times his movement (or lack of) is concerning.

Admittedly it was never going to be a game for a fair judgement of our new number 9 but for me the jury is still out, considering the money we have paid. Still early days though.

Substitutes

Muto – 5

Manquillo – 6

Fernandez – 5

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Willems 7

Liverpool:

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)

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