POST MATCH: Liverpool v Newcastle (EPL 26/12/2018 3pm)

Man of the Match

  • Alisson

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Alexander-Arnold

    Votes: 7 4.5%
  • Lovren [GOAL 11’]

    Votes: 34 21.8%
  • Van Dijk

    Votes: 8 5.1%
  • Robertson [off 80’]

    Votes: 5 3.2%
  • Henderson

    Votes: 46 29.5%
  • Wijnaldum [off 61’]

    Votes: 2 1.3%
  • Shaqiri [GOAL 79’]

    Votes: 19 12.2%
  • Salah [GOAL 47’]

    Votes: 20 12.8%
  • Firmino [off 68’]

    Votes: 8 5.1%
  • Mane [GOAL 31’]

    Votes: 5 3.2%
  • Fabinho [on 61’, GOAL 84’]

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Sturridge [on 68’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Clyne [on 80’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    156
  • Poll closed .

FGred

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Watching Rafa’s post-match interview I hate to see him in this situation. He deserves far, far better. He looks shattered and he’s being betrayed and undermined by the Owner and his Board.

Today I think he got it wrong not playing Rondon but with Watford coming up at their place what’s the man supposed to do?
He said he was leaving him out before the game, saving him for their next game which is a must win. He is not daft he knew he could not win against us.
 

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Edin

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Well, seeing Arsenal away at Brigthon, It looks like a walkover for Liverpool. Pool and Gunners are miles away in quality, but Arsenal do have Abomeyoung (or whatever). He can turn the the game for Gunners, but I do not think he will.

Gunners are too open in defence to steal anything from Anfield.
 

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Although Newcastle were never going to be in this in any way we still had a job to do and again today this team showed how mature its becoming game after game.

We can sit back, we can press, we can play that heavy metal football if required.

Not since mid to late 80s have I seen a Liverpool team effortsesly breeze through matches so easily as we se to be doing at the moment.

We look like the complete team at the moment.

Glorious
 

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The results fell into place today for us and our first proper objective of the season has been achieved for the first time ever at the halfway point. We are guaranteed Premier League football next season.....No other team can say that yet. And only City last season have ever been able to say it this soon. YNWA.
 
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He said he was leaving him out before the game, saving him for their next game which is a must win. He is not daft he knew he could not win against us.

Which implies that I am ....... thanks for that! :well done:



Didn’t see or hear him say that he planned to leave Rondon out pre-match so I must have missed that. He did however say that he didn’t field a weakened side post-match (yeah right Rafa) and that it was the ‘soft’ penalty straight after half-time that killed his side.

Thought he might have brought Rondon on when he saw those two missed chances against us. They might have scored a couple and helped their goal difference which might prove crucial at the end of the season.
 

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Great performance and result, second half was fantastic. Mo is back to his old self, Degsey was good too and what a finish for the 1st. The skipper gave a captains performance by setting the tone and his passing was top notch throughout.
This side are the real deal, lets keep focusing on our own game.take the challenges as they come and let the media focus on Spurs and City.
 

XMarlin

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I was heartened to see how strong the line up was for this match.

Now is the time for Klopps training to pay off. Last year we didn't have the legs or the depth to go the distance.

Now it appears we have both.

This squad is getting better every week.


Next we focus on Arsenal. After watching Brighton today I'm confident that we can win that match. The key will be to contain Aubomeyang and to stay focused on the task at hand.

I thought the Lovren and Van Djyk tandem were very effective in the middle today and Allisson behind them was outstanding.

Hard to pick MOTM today.

They all stepped up and did the job.

YNWA
 

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Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

Jürgen Klopp reflected on a ‘pretty perfect day’ for Liverpool following their 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield.

https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/331686-liverpool-newcastle-jurgen-klopp-reaction

The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half. Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal. Klopp’s side, who have registered 16 wins and three draws at the halfway stage of the Premier League season, now sit six points clear at the top of the table.

Read on for a summary of the boss’ post-match press conference…

On Liverpool’s performance and the result…

It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show - apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.

On Liverpool’s ‘control’ of the game…

We’ve played three times in a row now against a team with five at the back, but all of them organised it differently. That makes it pretty difficult. Today for example, Newcastle had two strikers but they were pretty deep and what we did in the first half, we protected them with the two sixes instead of with the two centre-halves, so that means they cut off four players. We had six players offensively, that’s why we didn’t win the balls back as quick as we should. That’s football. If you are 2-0 up then you have to control the game, that’s how it always is. In the past we became, I wouldn’t say sloppy, but we lost concentration. That doesn’t help, obviously. Now we are much more awake, we control it in a better way, we switch sides, we still prepare and create – not as many as maybe would be possible, but still enough – and we score goals. If you are Newcastle and you come here and are three-nil down, that is not a trigger for a big fightback. We were too strong for that today and it then makes life a bit easier for these few seconds or minutes in the game, but that’s all. Until we were there, it was really intense and we had to put in everything we’ve got.

On whether he was aware of the scores elsewhere during the game…

Actually, no, I thought it [the crowd’s reaction] was down to us - I thought ‘wow, that’s really nice, thank you very much’ and then I heard after the game that it was because of another result. Obviously nobody told our crowd that Tottenham won 5-0! It’s no problem really, it’s absolutely fine. The atmosphere, especially for Boxing Day [with] people coming from all over and around the world to watch that game, it was really good but of course it was exceptional then in that moment. But I thought it was because of us.

On the six-point lead and the situation at the top having changed quickly in the Reds' favour…

Yeah, but it means nothing. We play Arsenal and City [in our next two games], so it’s good that we have six or seven points more than other teams. But that’s pretty much all. What we wanted to do all the time [was] create a situation, a basis for the rest of the season and now the first part of the season is over. What we said as well is that we want to create our own history. We are the first Liverpool team in the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches - a little history and a nice step. [We have] Conceded seven goals - all really, really good numbers. A good situation, that’s clear, but 19 games to go. We play City, we play Arsenal, we play Tottenham, we play all of them again and again and maybe in different competitions. So it’s very difficult, there’s a long way to go and we all know that. I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing so afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot with me, if it did anything, to be honest. It’s just information. We have to win our games, we have to be focused, we need to be really in the mood with having tunnel vision. That’s really important and then we will see where it leads us.


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I think it was at the time when news filtered through on the Kop that city had gone behind and the roars started going around Anfield like a Mexican wave that even the doubters had been converted by Jurgen into believers. There still a long way to go, we are only at the halfway point after all but you can sense the belief sweeping Anfield now. It's almost back to the days of the 60's, 70s and 80's when Charlie Championship or Tommy Title, whatever you want to call 'it' had an almost annual residence at Anfield.

Even when we arent playing particularly well, like we were in the first half, we're just too strong for the oppos now. Hell, even Lovren scored a screamer any forward would have been proud to strike. Dont get me wrong, despite the many changes Rafa made, his team put up stubborn resistance. It was almost as if his team hadnt read the script and werent going to go down without a fight. I'd hoped Rafa would pull a Bryan Robson when he famously dropped his season long first choice keeper for his reserve keeper when playing manchester united and they needed a win to sew up one of their early PL titles. It's fair to say Newcastle's first choice made a couple of decent saves today.

One of the biggest cheers of the day came when Alisson made another great save somewhere near the penalty spot. The centre of our defence looked a little ragged, Alisson may well have contributed to it and there was a bit of ping pong in our box. With him well out of his goal Newcastle saw their chance and a well struck shot looked destined for the back of the net. Until the big brasillian threw himself at it to block it and the grateful Kop chanted Alisson's name with gusto. You have to be very hard not to feel a little for Mignolet. He must know he's never going to get a look in with this team except in the FA Cup and he'd never going to get the required number of appearances in the league to get any medal if our dreams are realised.

Pick of the goals has to be Lovren's strike. Maybe Virgil had said to him pre game that he needed to score a goal as sweet as his at Wolves and it looks like he accepted the challenge with relish. To be honest this is about the only decent thing I remember about the first half. Gini was wanting one touch too many and generally slowing things down when we needed to be quick against a well drilled Newcastle defence. The second half was barely a few minutes old when Mo went down in the box from a challenge. I was surprised the ref pointed to the spot for a couple of reasons. First off, I think that was the first league pen we've been awarded at Anfield this season. Second, the ref was letting Newcastle get away with some fouls and giving us nothing. Third, Ive seen stronger appeals this season turned down and we've got nothing. I was a bit apprehensive seeing Mo step up but no danger, 2-0.

The Shaq had been lively all game. This lad wants to attack and in my opinion, poorly criticised by others in football who says he doesnt do enough defensively. Well the lad covers almost every blade of grass on the pitch when I watch him. Him and Trent combined well for the Shaq to have an easy tap in. They both looked miles offside in front of me and while celebrating, I noticed the ref and lino getting a little animated with each other. The ref seemed to be asking the lino if they were offside but the lino seemed to shrug his shoulders and gesture it was a through ball but, the goal stood. It was now just a question of could we score more to lessen city's goal difference advantage.

Then came the roar from the Kop that signalled city had gone behind and Fabinho's first goal for the club just added extra spice to the mix.

Jurgen has rotated the side well and obviously with arsenal and city in mind. Clyne came on for Robbo. Bobby was replaced by Studge and Fabinho for Gini who I thought had a poor game before being subbed. Milner didnt even make the bench. You look at our bench now and of the outfield players, Lallana, Origi and Keita didnt get on the pitch. It's a close one for MoTM but for me, I'll give it to the Shaq.

As I mentioned, there's still a long way to go and Spurs have suddenly started to pile in the goals. But as The Monkees sang back in the 60's, Im a believer!

PS, nice to have some Moengladbach fans over again. Their club's song is a real rousing one!
 
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what a great Christmas! what's scary about this team we are watching this season is I still honestly believe they have not played their best yet. I believe today they were just in 3rd gear and still have 2 more gears to go... that's how easy we can win games now. we are rotating in some players and getting in form players that sit on our bench even at the moment. Lovren and Hendo.... 2 boys that have had many critics were both 2 of the best players on the pitch today. I wonder if Klopp will drop Shaq for arsenal. He obviously took Gini off to save him for Arsenal but does that mean who sits now between hendo and fab? will fab not start again Arsenal? tough decisions for the greatest manager in the world. and when Gomez come back it will be even tougher the way Lovren is playing as well. It's insane how great our bench is at the moment... I never imagined that we would have players on our bench that would be the best player on the other team we are facing that day... but this is happening frequently this season
 

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A calm as you like atmosphere and game really. Lovren started us beautifully with a well taken half volley that he belted into the top corner. A striker's finish. Mo then went down rather easily though the ref was blowing his whistle for the slightest nudge so it makes sense to me to go down easy if the ref was going to call it that way. Richard Keys thinks it was simulation and Mo might be in trouble by the FA and they can suspend him for 2 games if found guilty. If that happens I think we should kick up a storm about how it was our first pen since October 2017 that should shut them up.

7 points ahead of City and the GD even. Oh and Spurs have caught up with City so they are 6 points behind us. At this point the league really is ours to lose.
Errr Keys is talking out of his arse, the ref made the decision on the pitch, the FA will only overturn obvious errors in judgement if it was a two footed leg breaker then the FA would be looking, I don’t think they will look at something where contact is made.
 

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Fabinho and Shaq will start against Arsenal.

Shaq should actually be a bit more selfish IMO. He tends to pass the ball too early, just because he have to much resepect for his team mates. I think he could have made more out of many situations.

The best thing is that we are keeping clean sheets just for fun. 12 so far. Impressive.
 



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Great result. Was wondering there for a while if we were going to get out of 2nd gear and always felt we had several more goals in us, despite it feeling like a game with bugger all intensity.

Awesome to see TAA back. Nice to be in a situation where we can take Gini and Bobby off for a bit of a rest before 2 massive games. To me, it looked like a lot of our players were conserving energy in the knowledge they had it in the bag.

We need to stay focussed and not get ahead of ourselves. Plenty of tough away games to come. Spurs are in a good place and it really suits them that it seems nobody is considering them true contenders and they can continue under the radar without a shit load of expectation and weight on their shoulders. Keep winning our games and we won't have to worry! Keep going lads!!
 

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Mauling. Almost felt like a belated pressie from Rafa the way he selected the team and set them up. Was a hang on job from the kick off for them, and then the dam busted.

Pressies continued to arrive from Leicester. It's the most wonderful time of the year, etc.

Just a week ago, the match at the Etihad was a must-win for us. 24 hours ago, a draw would have done us fine. Now Citeh absolutely HAVE to win it, which will play into our hands - Pep got his point at Anfield by parking an uncharacteristic bus, but he can't do that now. Genuinely expect that this will go the way of the away match from the CL last season, with us happily soaking up pressure and twatting them on the counter.

Not arsed about Spurs to be honest. They've had a relatively easy run of games and have done the business. We've gone to Wembley and played 'em off the park. Same thing will happen at Anfield - they can be as confident as they want, but right now we're oozing it. City are still the rival for the title, and three points next week might - MIGHT - seal things for us.

Stay focused lads, stay focused. You're working miracles and might just pull off the one we've been craving for two decades.
 
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The next two matches are extremely important not because if we lose both we’re out of the Title race but because if we win both its going to put us in an incredibly strong position. Spurs have much easier corresponding fixtures and if they don’t make up any ground on us over the next two rounds they’re going to find it very difficult moving forward. They still have tough away fixtures to Chelsea, City and Anfield and home games against Arsenal and United to come.