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Gordon Gets 8, Tonali With 7 | Newcastle United Players Rated In Lackluster Loss Vs Liverpool

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Newcastle United entertained Liverpool at St. James’ Park earlier this evening as they hoped to earn a good result at home in the Premier League. The Magpies made a good start to the game and scored the opening goal in the 25th minute when Anthony Gordon found the back of the net with a good finish. Newcastle found themselves at a numerical advantage just three minutes later when Virgil Van Dijk was given his marching orders by the referee. The 11-men of Newcastle managed to get to the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.

Eddie Howe’s men struggled to finish off the game in the second half and conceded the equaliser in the 81st minute when Darwin Nunez scored with a great strike. Nunez ended up scoring the match-winner in injury-time as Newcastle crashed to a lackluster 2-1 loss in Tyneside.

Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle United player performed during the clash against the Reds.

GK: Nick Pope – 6.5/10

The English keeper made two solid saves during the game but got beaten by two great finishes.

RB: Kieran Trippier – 7/10

He was strong in the air and managed to create some decent chances for his teammates from the right flank.

CB: Fabian Schar – 6/10

Schar was far from convincing with his performance on the defensive third of the pitch.

CB: Sven Botman – 5.5/10

Botman was solid in the first half. However, his error led to Nunez’ equaliser in the 81st minute.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on August 27, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

LB: Dan Burn – 6.5/10

He did his fair share of defending and made one key chance going forward.

CM: Joelinton – 7/10

Joelinton anchored the midfield well and managed to engineer a few clear-cut chances for others around him in the Liverpool half.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 7/10

He got stuck in with a few solid tackles and was a good presence on the ball.

CM: Sandro Tonali – 7/10

Tonali caught the eye at times with his passing and energy at the centre of the park.

RW: Miguel Almiron – 7/10

Almiron caused a few headaches for the opposition and was desperately unlucky not to score with his goal-bound attempt which was expertly saved by Alisson Becker in the first half.

ST: Alexander Isak – 6.5/10

He was quite clever with his movements in the opponent’s half but failed to get his name on the scoresheet.

LW: Anthony Gordon – 8/10

Gordan caused all sorts of headaches for the Liverpool defenders and managed to find the back of the net with a calm finish in the first half.


ST: Callum Wilson – 5.5/10

He failed to register a goal after coming off the bench.

LW: Harvey Barnes – 6/10

Barnes added some pace to Howe’s attack.

CM: Sean Longstaff – 6.5/10

He made one key chance in the final third.

CM: Elliot Anderson – N/A

LB: Matt Targett – N/A

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