Liverpool star relieved to overcome ‘unbelievable atmosphere’ and much improved Newcastle team
Joe Gomez has been reflecting on a job well done.
The Liverpool defender saying that Saturday’s visitors knew it was be tough to continue their incredible run of results, with Newcastle much improved under Eddie Howe.
Jurgen Klopp’s team dominated the play and whilst Newcastle United battled away at the back and restricted the scousers to only the one goal, NUFC struggled to have a goal threat of their own on the break. A lot of the approach play by Newcastle was fine but once getting into the final third, generally devoid of inspiration.
Joe Gomez acknowledging that not just Eddie Howe and his players made this a tricky game, ‘We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It’s a tough place to come, the atmosphere’s unbelievable and obviously they’re under new management and you can see they’ve definitely improved – their results show that.’
Joe Gomez was one of three Liverpool players who were booked, in a game that was often feisty.
The failure of Newcastle United to threaten the Liverpool goal was hardly the biggest surprise, as now in their last nine Premier League matches, Man City are the only team to manage to score.
Joe Gomez reflecting on Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1:
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“It’s a tough place to come, the atmosphere’s unbelievable and obviously they’re under new management and you can see they’ve definitely improved – their results show that.
“So we knew it wasn’t going to be easy this afternoon and I think we ground out the result.
“It wasn’t the easiest but we got the three points.
“I think the clean sheet always gives us the platform to get a goal and the three points. As a unit, we did well and ground it out.
“I think attitude amongst the camp to stay at it [as well] – I think there were five changes or so today.
“Obviously we’ve got a massive game in midweek and it’s good to be able to allow some of the boys to come into that with fresh legs. It’s only half-time over there, so we know it’s not going to be easy.
“As a collective, all the lads staying fit this year and having such a strong squad has been massive for sure.
“That’s Naby’s ability (to score the only the goal of the game) and his ability to stay calm under pressure in that situation.
“I think our team’s got so much quality in midfield and going forward, we know we’re going to create chances.
“Obviously we didn’t put away loads today but the main thing is we’re creating. It was a great finish from Naby.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1 – Saturday 30 April 12.30pm
Possession was Liverpool 66% Newcastle 34%
Total shots were Liverpool 24 Newcastle 4
Shots on target were Liverpool 10 Newcastle 2
Corners were Liverpool 6 Newcastle 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 52,281 (Liverpool 3,200)
Dubravka, Krafth (Murphy 85), Schar (Lascelles 61), Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Shelvey, Willock (Wood 67), Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin
Darlow, Dummett, Longstaff, Gayle, Ritchie, Manquillo
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