Good for Liverpool: Newcastle’s striker crisis

Bournemouth 2 – Newcastle United 2

Newcastle will be kicking themselves for dropping two points in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle should have beaten Bournemouth. The Toon went 2-up in the game and it should have been three had Jonjo Shelvey not wasted a great chance to score on a counter-attack.

Dwight Gayle had Newcastle in the lead in the first half with a cheeky backheel against the Cherries. And Gayle capitalised on an error from Asmir Begovic to double the lead at the break.

Adam Smith gave Bournemouth hope halving the deficit, before a close range 89th minute leveller from Dan Gosling denied Newcastle the win.

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Next up: Liverpool

Rafa Benitez will return to Anfield next weekend.

Newcastle head to Liverpool, and most will expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to claim all three points.

Liverpool are looking incredible right now. After beating Porto 5-0 in away in the Champions League, they scored four against West Ham on Saturday.

Newcastle’s striker crisis

When the Liverpool game comes around, Newcastle are likely to have a shortage of strikers.

Newcastle’s big effort to add goals to their team in January came when they signed Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester.

Slimani joined with an injury, and in a blow to Benitez it’s been confirmed over the weekend that the Algerian is still weeks away from making his Toon debut.

Against Bournemouth Dwight Gayle also picked up an injury.

After scoring his double, Benitez had to subbed the striker out the game with 12 minutes to go. After the match Benitez reported:

Dwight was complaining about a little bit of tightness in his hamstrings, so we needed to make a substitution.

While fans will be hoping Gayle’s withdrawal was a precaution, fears linger he could be sidelined for a week or two.

Now that Aleksander Mitrovic is at Fulham, Newcastle’s other forwards are Joselu and Ayoze Perez.

Also see: Jonjo Shelvey singled out for blame after Newcastle blew it at Bournemouth.

Revealed: How much Fulham paid Newcastle for Aleksandar Mitrovic.