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Steve Bruce has good and bad news on injuries after 3-1 Newcastle United defeat at Liverpool

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Steve Bruce took his squad to Liverpool with a growing injury list.

Seven players were ruled out of Saturday’s match.

Sean Longstaff with an ankle injury, joining Yedlin, Ritchie, Lejeune, Gayle, Carroll and Saint-Maximin on the sidelines.

A crunch game against Brighton next Saturday, what looks pretty much a must win game taking into account that Leicester away, Man Utd at home and Chelsea away, follow that game.

After watching his team lose 3-1 at Anfield, Steve Bruce was asked about Sean Longstaff’s injury. The Head Coach saying that the club are yet to get a diagnosis on how bad (or not so bad) the ankle problem is, Bruce adding that early this coming week they should have a better idea.

As for Andy Carroll. Steve Bruce gave an update on the striker’s latest visit to a specialist on Friday. Better news on this front, with the specialist hasn’t had any negative reaction to his return to training and if no problems in training this coming week, the forward should be in the squad for that Brighton match.

Not so good news on Fabian Schar though.

The Swiss defender received treatment a number of times on the pitch today before eventually having to be subbed with 10 minutes  remaining. Steve Bruce says that there are fears it is a calf tear but they are hoping it is only cramp.

Steve Bruce:

“I am pleased with a lot of things today, there is certainly improvement in the squad – which is important.

“It was good up to a point.

“We scored a cracking goal.

“Yes they had good possession but we had a number of chances.

“They are very, very good.

“They are a threat and that is why they are the Champions of Europe.

“The disappointment for me was the second goal.

“We made mistakes and it opened us up.

“I know our keeper will be looking thinking he could have done better.

“Liverpool were just incredible in the second half. It was just attack after attack.

“When you come to Liverpool – and we’ve had a great start – the big thing is the second goal.

“We needed to get to half time level.

“We had a real opportunity – Emil Krafth’s had a big chance at 2-1.

“Could he stick that away and give us a chance?

“But, overall, I’m disappointed we made mistakes for the second goal but I couldn’t be more delighted win the attitude they’ve shown.

“Firmino drops into them little areas where he’s very difficult to pick up.

“That’s the standard they have.

“You’re a bit relieved when he’s not starting.

“He’s been away on international duty but he made the difference when he came on. He is a terrific player.”

Steve Bruce talking to BBC Newcastle:

(About Fabian Schar):

“Calf – we’re not sure if it’s cramp or a tear.

“The medical department say he does suffer from cramp a little bit.

“We do hope it’s that.

“When you come to Liverpool – and we’ve had a great start – the big thing is the second goal.

“We needed to get to half time level.

“We had a real opportunity – Emil Krafth’s had a big chance at 2-1.

“Could he stick that away and give us a chance?

“But, overall, I’m disappointed we made mistakes for the second goal but I couldn’t be more delighted win the attitude they’ve shown.”

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)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to defeat at Anfield HERE)

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