Newcastle United entertained Liverpool at St. James’ Park earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a good result at home in the Premier League. The Magpies made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the tenth minute when Darwin Nunez found the back of the net with a powerful strike. Cody Gakpo made it 2-0 to Liverpool just seven minutes later when he scored from close range. Newcastle dug themselves into an even bigger hole soon after as Nick Pope was sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty box. The Tyneside club went into the half-time interval 2-0 down on the scoreline.
The ten men of Newcastle showed some fight in the second half but ended up suffering a 2-0 loss in front of their home supporters.
Let’s find out how each Newcastle United player fared during the clash against the Reds.
GK: Nick Pope – 3/10
The English keeper conceded two early goals and let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 22nd minute.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 8/10
Trippier performed his defensive duties well and created some decent chances in the final third.
CB: Fabian Schar – 6/10
He made a couple of crucial clearances at the back and was a threat at the other end as well.
CB: Sven Botman – 7/10
Botman gave a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch and was a dominant presence in the air.
LB: Dan Burn – 7/10
Burn won his fair share of aerial duels and didn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed. He also had a few lively moments in the final third.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 6.5/10
He anchored the midfield well and made one good run with the ball.
CM: Joelinton – 6.5/10
Joelinton worked hard at both ends of the field but picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the 70th minute.
CM: Elliot Anderson – 6/10
He made a poor start to the game and was replaced in the 23rd minute following Pope’s dismissal.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 6/10
Almiron had a few bright moments in the game but lacked quality in front of the Liverpool goal.
ST: Alexander Isak – 6/10
He had a couple of lively moments up top but never looked like he would score.
LW: Allan Saint-Maximin – 7/10
Saint-Maximin made a handful of dangerous runs with the ball but has got nothing to show for his efforts.
GK: Martin Dubravka – 6.5/10
He made some solid saves at the back and kept the Liverpool attackers quiet in the second half.
CM: Jacob Murphy – 6.5/10
Murphy made two good runs with the ball.
ST: Callum Wilson – 6/10
He wasted a great chance to score.
CAM: Anthony Gordon – 6.5/10
Gordon had a few bright moments in the game.
RW: Matt Ritchie – 6.5/10
Ritchie made one decent run after coming off the bench.