Newcastle 1 – Liverpool 1
Rafa Benitez grabbed a point against his old side on Sunday at St James’ Park.
As expected, Newcastle were difficult to break down and it took a stunner from Philippe Coutinho to break the deadlock.
Before half-time however, Liverpool’s defence was exposed once again as they conceded to Joselu’s first Premier League goal for Newcastle.
Liverpool dominated possession in the second half but failed to find a breakthrough.
And, Newcastle seemed much happier with the point once the Premier League match was over.
To add to that belief, Jurgen Klopp took aim a journalist in his post-match press conference.
"Was this your first football game?!"
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Daniel Sturridge v Roberto Firmino
At Newcastle, Daniel Sturridge started the match and played 74 minutes.
Sturridge failed to impress and in the second half was called offside on a number of occasions.
Since Jurgen Klopp has never fully been convinced about Daniel Sturridge it seems fair to say the only reason he was playing was due to Roberto Firmino’s poor recent form.
Firmino replaced Sturridge on 74 and was equally ineffective.
Jamie Carragher completely writes off Daniel Sturridge
After the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, Jamie Carragher was asked about Sturridge and was absolutely savage in his assessment of a former Liverpool team mate.
Carragher: “Whenever we talk about Sturridge, because he hasn’t played so much, we keep going back to that season when Liverpool nearly won the league, when he was just devastating with Suarez.”
The former Liverpool defender continued: “We keep thinking that player is there. I am not quite sure it is. I don’t think it is. To be honest. Whether it’s injuries…”
Carragher added: “I think the reason he’s played is Firmino’s not playing well. If Firmino’s playing his normal way, Sturridge doesn’t play. He hasn’t played for two years under Jurgen Klopp. He doesn’t fancy him!”
Carra thinks Sturridge's career as an elite forward ended three years ago.. 😳
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