90mins+

Red-faced!

By

on

Damn sure Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp never saw the famous kiddies’ favorite cartoon series back in the day — Voltron, “defender of the universe.” And perhaps, none of his technical staff did. Maybe this international break will afford him the opportunity. Wouldn’t be a bad idea if the German, alongside his backroom team indulged in this, with some popcorn and lollipop in hand, in front of a big screen. Liverpool can’t defend to save their lives at the moment. In fact, no Liverpool player can be drafted into the military, even in emergency situations! They wouldn’t do well as lawyers either!

The Reds came into this one with a brilliant attack force, with Sadio Mane in the starting line-up. Newcastle United got the game underway, but it was Liverpool who made the first major incursion into the opponent’s vital area, with Mane and Mohamed Salah combining well in the 3rd minute. Daniel Sturridge also came close 2 minutes later. The Toon Army soon settled in; Matt Ritchie testing Simon Mignolet with a nice curler from the edge of the box after a crisp pass from Jonjo Shelvey.

The Reds continued to dominate, with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings. The Brazilian scored “the goal of the month contender” in the 29th minute from 25 yards. Newcastle’s goalkeeper, Robert Elliot stood a pup’s chance really. But the goal was rubbished 7 minutes later when Newcastle’s Joselu bamboozled his way through Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren off a sumptuous pass from Shelvey. Joselu dilly-dallied, but was still able to get the ball pass Mignolet for the equaliser. Deja vu for Liverpool!

The first 45 minutes ended all square.

The second half kicked off with Newcastle maintaining their shape and sitting deep. In the 49th minute, Ciaran Clarke almost paid for his error, with Sturridge and Salah messing around.

The Reds, with much of the possession, continued to look unconvincing in attack.

Klopp made double substitutions — Roberto Firmino and Dominic Solanke were thrown into the fray, with Sturridge and Mane making way. Rafael Benitez responded with the introduction of Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino. The changes were made in the 74th minute. Dwight Gayle also replaced Joselu in the 78th minute for Newcastle United. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came in for Salah — a clear manifestation of Klopp’s pain and frustration, as the German replaced all his three frontmen.

It ended all square. Pretty bad result for the Reds.

Besides knowing that there will always be DAY and NIGHT, Liverpool fans also know one thing for sure — their team will never keep a clean sheet. Nah, not in their DNA at the moment. With a defense weaker than a pack of cards, why did Klopp let go of Mamadou Sakho?

Defensively, they are in a bad shape!

 

Newcastle Vs Liverpool (4:30pm) : Sunday, October 1, 2017

By Uche Atuma

About Uche

Recommended for you