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

1 month ago
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We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings and player comments after Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1.

A game where Newcastle United scored the opening goal.

However, after that it was a tale of self-inflicted wounds, bad luck and poor match officials.

MATCH RATINGS:

Dubravka – 6

Nothing could be done about any of the goals and he actually made a few decent saves as well (without coming under massive pressure).

A much much safer pair of hands than Darlow.

Manquillo – 6

Did ok!

Obviously limited in his ability going forward but I thought he kept Mane quiet and defensively worked well together with Murphy.

Upgrade needed in January though.

Schar – 2

Usually the other way around but I thought Schar was useless last night and Lascelles did ok.

Caught out of position a few times, struggled to make basic five yard passes and generally looked disinterested at times.

Lascelles – 6

Clearly not the level we want to aspire to with his ‘if in doubt, hoof it out’ attitude but he did ok.

Got himself on the end of plenty Liverpool crosses and looked comfortable (defensively) for the most part.

Lewis – 6

Things changed when he went off…which was probably a coincidence more than anything but he had a good hand in the goal and didn’t look fazed by Salah early on.

Defensively, the feeling of the back four changed when Ritchie came on.

Shelvey – 5

Great goal, but other than that, fairly useless.

Completely at fault for their second goal, gave the ball away countless times, doesn’t do enough in the middle and doesn’t look fit.

We need better legs in there and one decent goal every once in a blue moon shouldn’t pull the wool over anybody’s eyes.

Hayden – 7

Thought he had a good game!

Definitely his type of match where he can get about the pitch, break things up and generally not be expected to do much more.

Of all of our midfielders, I think he has a place for the short term future. Obviously not as a starter but he can play a role on nights like this.

Fraser – 8

His best game for Newcastle?

Decent going forward, everywhere defensively, rarely lost the ball, ran himself into the ground.

Saint Maximin – 6.5

The criticism he gets from some supporters is disgusting…especially when you consider he carried the team for large spells under Bruce.

When he got the ball he tried to make things happen, he has a go, gives his all. That might not be enough for some of our fans who clearly have short term memories.

A flair player, playing in a shambolic team but he gives his all, makes things happen, always looks like our biggest threat going forward and that’s all you can ask.

Joelinton – 8

This one might be a tad generous but I have never seen a player work so hard in a game. He was everywhere and never stopped running.

Guilty of giving the ball away a few times but he won it back just as many, dare I say that there MIGHT be some sort of player there.

Murphy – 6

Not bad!

It’s a performance you’ve come to expect from him.

Ok defensively, ok going forward but really not good enough and lacking in any serious quality.

SUBS

Ritchie – 5

Out of his depth.

Needs to be shipped on in January.

Wilson – N/A

Not on long enough to judge.

Willock – N/A

Not on long enough to judge.

Fans – 5

Amazing sell out, as per usual.

However…songs, covid stuff and general attitude of a lot of younger fans leaves A LOT to be desired.

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

(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)

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonnyinsg

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