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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

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Thursday night ended Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.

This time it is Jamie Smith who has the job…

POSITIVES

These games don’t relegate you

Another defeat feels nasty and alarming given our league position but it’s worth getting a bit of perspective.

This was always just a game to get out of the way, where a point would have been a fantastic outcome.

The fact that it feels frustrating to have lost, is really a positive that the performance was enough to stay in the game against genuine title contenders. Over the course of a season losing these matches don’t mean you get relegated, they’re effectively a free punch.

Here’s hoping Bruce hasn’t already burned through too many of the games that do get you relegated to make the situation irretrievable. On to the next one against er, oh dear…

Covid Booster?

This game didn’t affect our league standing particularly because so many other matches were cancelled, as the response to the Omicron variant moves to the alarming or the alarmist, depending on your point of view.

While it would put a hole in my Christmas drinking plans to see the upcoming games cancelled, it has to be said that post-January, Newcastle will almost certainly stand a far better chance of getting something from games with Man City, Man Utd, Everton and Southampton than our current set up.

To have things forcibly paused would benefit us massively compared to our relegation rivals, so the very real possibility of this has to be, sadly, viewed as a huge opportunity.

Nearly there

Even without the above, there are now only three games before the transfer window opens, with rumours buzzing that the signing of Kieran Trippier is a done deal, alongside confirmation of the temporary appointment of Nick Hammond to oversee the January window.

I would argue that getting anything off Man City anywhere is a turn up for the books, but both Man Utd and Everton show enough weakness at times, that solid performances might bring some joy. Keep the Faith.

NEGATIVES

Ominous

The league table continues to grow more uncomfortable to look at.

Three points adrift but with games in hand conceded to those above us, which seems set to grow further at the weekend.

If matches continue, it’s not impossible we could be facing down a nine point gap by the time of the relative safety of the FA Cup weekend. Work to do and a total desperation for points to be nicked over Christmas.

All about Dean

Liverpool will rightly argue that on balance of play they deserved to win.

However, this game was twisted by three moments of outrageous officiating by attention seeking fusspot Mike Dean.

The most glaring was for Liverpool’s equaliser, with Newcastle starting to look like they may hang onto a lead for a reasonable length of time, Hayden’s head injury was not only ignored, but his prostrate figure served to play Jota onside.

At 2-1 Fraser was clattered from behind in the box, a comical ignorance of the rules by the man from the town next door.

Then, as a sort of curtain call, Dean set off on a dummy run that blocked Shelvey’s attempt to close and restricted Dubravka’s view, allowing Alexander-Arnold the time and space to lace one into top bins.

The footage of this ref celebrating wildly when Tranmere won promotion tot the football league shows where his allegiances lie, but the fact that his two sons are apparently season ticket holders in the Kop, should be enough to get him banned from Liverpool matches too.

It’s also glaringly obvious to me that there needs to be a tennis/cricket style appeal system, where the captain has 2 or 3 allowances each game to request an incident gets reviewed by the VAR, as the amount of assaults, transgressions and downright cheats that have gone against us this year, only for the egomaniacal billy no-mates in the black to outright refuse to even consider a cursory check, is turning into the main reason we’re heading for the Championship.

Season’s gratings

I have seen the row developing since the game, about people in the away end singing ‘Feed the Scousers’…with many defending this as ‘banter’.

This is a bit depressing for me, as this kind of chant originated in the 80s from southern teams mocking the north, with Liverpool a popular target given the harsh treatment of the predominantly industrial city by the Thatcher regime.

Sound familiar? It should, as our own city has had its troubles to the extent that the largest food bank in England collects donations outside the Gallowgate at every home game.

If you can’t see how mocking poverty in one of the world’s richest countries is both distasteful and lacking self-awareness then you’re a d.ck.

But this isn’t a shock for me, as I’ve seen many instances of gangs of the (usually) young and daft behaving appallingly towards those around them at away games, zero solidarity among their fellow fans which can lead to uncomfortable times for women or people with children.

I think there’s something about a long trip drinking / snorting whatever is your poison, that can bring out the worst in people, especially those feeling bigged up by a large group of their mates.

I notice that a Twitter survey has found 80% of NUFC fans think it’s shocking, so you are in the minority if you still think this. There’s plenty other ways to wind the scousers up and a plethora of swear words at your disposal. Please let’s not at Goodison.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Thursday 16 December 8pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Goals:

Liverpool:

Jota 21, Salah 25, Alexander-Arnold 87

Newcastle:

Shelvey 7

Possession was Liverpool 74% (77%) Newcastle 26% (23%)

Total shots were Liverpool 23 (12) Newcastle 4 (2)

Shots on target were Liverpool 8 (6) Newcastle 2 (2)

Corners were Liverpool 11 (6) Newcastle 0 (0)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis (Ritchie 15), Hayden, Murphy, Shelvey, Fraser (Willock 87), Saint-Maximin (Wilson 79), Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hendrick, Gayle, Longstaff, Almiron, Clark

(Former top referee rules on this controversial Liverpool v Newcastle incident – Read HERE)

(Jurgen Klopp says he can understand why Eddie Howe might ‘not be happy about that’ – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(3 questions to ask on controversial incident that won game for Liverpool against Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe points finger of blame at Mike Dean after Newcastle United defeat at Anfield – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Thursday’s defeat – Read HERE)

Follow Jamie on Twitter @Mr_Dolf

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