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

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Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Thursday 16 December 8pm

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

Opened brightly, took the lead and on another night, if Mike Dean hadn’t been refereeing…


“There aren’t the words to describe how much I hate that lot and our “refereeing experience” every time we play them.

“The media scum do their best to whip up anti Newcastle feeling from the start and the scum at Stockbridge Park and the one on the pitch with the whistle do the rest.

“That’s basically every game we play this season, either the ref or VAR make a decision to cost us the game. It’s totally and utterly beyond a joke.

“If we had scored while their player was down injured with a head injury, the earth would have stood still until it was somehow disallowed.

“Eddie and the boys need to start standing up to the refs, surrounding them, getting in their faces and making the game as unpleasant as possible for them.

“They are relegating us with their agenda in broad daylight and we are doing nothing about it.”

Nat Seaton:

“It was a great feeling to celebrate a goal and take the lead at Anfield but it didn’t last too long!

“A better second half performance and whilst it was 2-1, I was thinking could we do it two years in a row and pinch a point, but reality was this was never going to happen and in the end Liverpool get the third.

“Counting down the matches until we can get some new players on the pitch because until then, nothing sadly is going to change, especially when playing teams at the top end of the league.”

Billy Miller:

“I had that sort of hopeless hope when we scored.

“But ten minutes later it was back to reality.

“Didn’t get embarrassed though.

“Not sure what was going on with ASM.

“If he’s injured why didn’t he just sit down and get treatment?

“Bizarre few minutes of him indicating that he needed to come off.”

Brian Standen:

“10-0, 9-0, 8-0, we heard it all before kick off!

“What we see is a real battling performance and something to build on.

“Ok, a stunner at the end ices the scouse cake, but Newcastle can take a lot of heart from the game.

“Odd that a referee is chosen who lives within spitting distance of Anfield and of course most 50/50 decisions went the way of the reds.”

Ben Cooper:

“An unsurprising 3-1 defeat at Anfield was a little hard on a gritty and sometimes threatening NUFC, who had gone ahead early with a JonJo Shelvey 25 yarder.

“Liverpool were ahead by half time having taken advantage of a pretendy Isaac Hayden injury and a sloppy Shelvey backpass but didn’t put the game to bed until the last few minutes when Alexander-Arnold scored a screamer to make the points safe.

“In-between, Liverpool had a load of chances and United a couple of them, but a more organised Magpies never looked like going under completely and repeating Sunday’s debacle against a much better team.

“The “controversial” first goal might have been prevented had the referee stopped the game in the few seconds it took NUFC to clear a corner and then concede from the next cross which came in, with Hayden prone in the six yard box, but really there was nothing wrong with Hayden.

“He probably should have just got up instead of expecting any sportsmanship from Liverpool, or favours from the referee, who went on to ignore a couple of half decent penalty shouts and then run across Shelvey to prevent him from closing down Liverpool’s third goal.

“The only thing the ref didn’t do in this game was knock the fourth one in himself.

“More organised, more committed, more threat, still headless in possession, it was better from NUFC though. “Better” was never going to be enough tonight but it might help to build some confidence when playing teams that will come around after Christmas.”

Jamie Smith:

“Feeling a bit enraged as I see three crucial interventions by Mike Dean: allowing the head injury goal, denying a blatant penalty for Fraser and his dummy run blocking Shelvey and unsighting Dubravka for the final goal.

“This shows that but for the fine margins we could have actually got something tonight.

“Far more encouraging than Leicester but still no points.

“At least that one’s out of the way, now the attention moves to the question of IF we actually play Man City on Sunday, as football is dropping heavy hints about grinding to a halt again.”

Paul Patterson:

“Put up a better fight than expected but it remains a defeat.”

Dave Punton:

“One for the scrapbook for Jonjo Shelvey, but the defeat we all kind of expected for Newcastle United down at Anfield. Highly quality opposition.

“There are positives of course. They’re battling hard. They gave it a go and came up short.

“Always in it at 2-1 but a stunner from Alexander-Arnold sealed the game late on.

“A festive mention for referee Mike Dean (is he from Merseyside?), who handily played on for the Reds to make it 1-1 when a player was down with a head injury. Nice touch.

“The bad news, we are now one win in 17 for 21/22 season and it’s almost Xmas. The fixture list isn’t kind at the moment, but I am left wondering when it may turn for us a bit and we catch a break.

“For the record, as ever, it was 1994 when we last won a league game on this famous ground. Not many win here these days.

“Just a small matter of Man City next.

“Roll on the transfer window. It’s tough to take at the moment but we have to soldier on.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Thursday 16 December 8pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)



Jota 21, Salah 25, Alexander-Arnold 87


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


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