Football - FA Premier League - Newcastle United FC v Liverpool FCBACK down to earth with an almighty bump. It’s rather worrying that we didn’t seem to have any answers to a team working quite hard. Concerning that the only shot on target was a limp Dejan Lovren header (Albie’s offside-not-offside worldie aside).

Or is it just a bad day at the office? It happens. Good teams lose games. Every football side has a bad day. The future will inform us. In the meantime, here are some numbers you won’t agree with.

Simon Mignolet: 6

Can’t do anything with either goal. Not a great deal to do aside from that. Which should probably be remembered.

Nathaniel Clyne: 5

Saw a fair bit of the ball but didn’t really happen for him. Touch seemed a bit heavy. Sky are currently trying to murder him but I’m not sure.

Alberto Moreno: 6

Really unlucky with the goal that wasn’t. Generally seemed to do OK.

Martin Skrtel: 5

He’s obviously unlucky with the goal, but he gets in that position by dragging us so deep. Did well to get in the way of Cisse earlier on.

Dejan Lovren: 5

Among all the Lovren madness it needs to be acknowledged that his attacking headers are absolutely dreadful. Might not seem the most important issue at the moment, but I wanted to raise it.

Lucas Leiva: 3

He’ll never play that badly again. Which is something to take from the day.

Football - FA Premier League - Newcastle United FC v Liverpool FCJames Milner: 5

Was interesting to see in the week that he has won more tackles in the opposition half than any other player in the league. You saw a bit of that today, but not a huge amount else.

Joe Allen: 6

Did some good work. Honest.

Jordon Ibe: 6.5

Powerful running but needs to learn when to release the ball. Although that seems a harsh criticism with the nonsense around him. Good to see him playing with confidence.

Roberto Firmino: 4

I’m not sure we can play him with Benteke ever again. But it’s not all Benteke’s fault. Bobby could have a bit of a go at playing with him. Missed Coutinho. Again.

Christian Benteke: 4

Didn’t happen for him. BUT it’s mad how many balls he asks for and doesn’t get. If we’re struggling to figure him out, we could do a lot worse than kick it where he points. Just a thought.

Read: Newcastle United 0 Liverpool 2: Match Review


Adam Lallana: 6

Might want to point out that all the goals come when he starts. Lays a gorgeous pass through to Sturridge who fluffs his lines.

Daniel Sturridge: 5

Needs to calm down a bit. Don’t need to change the world in a day, Daniel

Divock Origi: 5

Seemed unsure of what to do.

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