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Joselu equaliser sees Newcastle hold Liverpool

Joselu

Liverpool endured a familiar frustrating afternoon in front of goal as they were held to a draw at Newcastle.

Manager Jurgen Klopp once again saw his side dominate possession and create chances but once again saw them fail to capitalise as former Reds boss Rafael Benitez guided the hosts to a draw.

Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead with a superb 25-yard curler but more poor defending allowed Joselu to equalise with a fortunate finish before the break.

Liverpool were dominant in the second half but could not find a way through as Benitez continued his record of never losing against Liverpool during his managerial career.

Klopp’s side have now won one of their last seven games in all competitions and are seventh in the Premier League.

Same old story for Klopp

For Liverpool, who have now drawn three of their opening seven games, the recent problems are well documented – they cannot kill teams off.

Jurgen Klopp

In six games in September, Klopp’s side had 126 shots on goal, but only 34 were on target and they only won once in all competitions.

It was a similar story at St James’ Park, with Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge all wasting clear openings before Coutinho’s superb goal.

A miscued clearance fell at the feet of the Brazilian 30 yards out, he cut between two midfielders before stepping around Jonjo Shelvey and bending a wonderful shot into the top corner.

But the lead lasted just seven minutes as the team’s soft underbelly was again exposed, Shelvey playing a fine through-ball under no pressure to send Joselu through a huge gap in the Reds defence.

Joel Matip made a recovery challenge but could only clear the ball into the shins of Joselu and send it past Simon Mignolet.

Whether Klopp bemoans bad luck or poor defending, the facts are that Manchester City and Manchester United have both conceded just twice in the Premier League all season – Liverpool have now shipped 12, including nine in their last four matches.

Sturridge fails striking audition

Daniel Sturridge

After seeing his side yet again miss a host of chances in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, Klopp handed Sturridge a rare chance from the start, leaving Roberto Firmino on the bench.

But despite some neat touches – one pass to free Salah in particular was outstanding – the England striker did not provide the cutting edge his team currently need so badly.

In the end he had one big chance to score in the match and could only hit tamely at Rob Elliot after a miscued clearance fell to him. Salah was equally guilty, scooping the rebound over the top.

Sturridge has scored just 10 Premier League goals in Klopp’s two years in charge at the club.

Liverpool’s best chance of a winner came in the final minute when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed over, though Newcastle also had a chance to take all three points in stoppage time when more slack marking from a corner almost allowed Mohamed Diame to score.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Elliot
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 19Manquillo
  • 8Shelvey
  • 23MerinoSubstituted forHaydenat 74′minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17PérezBooked at 55minsSubstituted forDiaméat 90+1′minutes
  • 30Atsu
  • 21JoseluSubstituted forGayleat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 9Gayle
  • 10Diamé
  • 14Hayden
  • 20Lejeune
  • 26Darlow
  • 27Gámez

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 12GomezBooked at 58mins
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 10Coutinho
  • 11SalahSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 84′minutes
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forFirminoat 74′minutes
  • 19ManéSubstituted forSolankeat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 17Klavan
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 23Can
  • 29Solanke
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
52,303

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Liverpool 1.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Dominic Solanke.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alberto Moreno with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Dangerous play by Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).

Robert Elliot (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Joselu.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Mikel Merino.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Daniel Sturridge.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).

Offside, Liverpool. Sadio Mané tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

Offside, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Source: BBC

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