Sunday, October 01, 2017

Klopp frustrated as Newcastle hold Liverpool



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left feeling “ disappointed and frustrated ” after a Newcastle side under the guidance of former Reds boss Rafael Benitez held his side to a 1 -1 draw at St James’ Park on Sunday .

Victory would have seen Liverpool leapfrog champions Chelsea into fourth place.
But instead Klopp ’ s men go into the international break in seventh spot , behind unheralded northwest rivals Burnley on goal difference.

Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho ’ s stunning 30 -yard effort just before the half -hour mark only for Joselu to equalise for Newcastle minutes later with the Magpies only clear attempt on goal all game.

Klopp then saw Liverpool , repeatedly criticised for their defensive frailty this season , squander several chances to take all three points.

“ I am disappointed, frustrated, whatever you want , ” Klopp told the BBC . “ They ( Newcastle) got one chance and scored. That doesn ’ t feel too fair … If you don ’ t help yourself no one else help you. It will be like this until we score. ”

This result left promoted Newcastle in an encouraging ninth place and Spanish manager Benitez said : “ If you see the points and see we are a promoted team then we are pleased but against Huddersfield and Brighton we could have done something more. We have what we have. We are happy with that. ”

Before kick -off , Newcastle fans unveiled a huge banner with a message in Spanish in support of Benitez that translated as: “ We will follow you everywhere, we’ ll always support you. In spite of the lies they tell us, we’ ll never doubt you. We are with you. ”

The message was similar to a chant fans of Valencia, one of Benitez’ s former clubs, used to sing in support of the manager .

The Newcastle boss, who remains a popular figure with many Liverpool followers too , said: “ My relationship with Liverpool fans comes from years, here it is a fantastic relationship too and I am enjoying every minute . ”

Sunday ’ s other Premier League matches saw Burnley pile the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with a 1 -0 win at Goodison Park while Arsenal marked the 21 st anniversary of Arsene Wenger ’ s appointment as their manager with a 2 -0 success at home to Brighton .

Burnley ’ s Jeff Hendrick crowned an excellent team move in the 21 st minute to score the only goal of the game as the Clarets left the big -spending Toffees , who have won just twice in seven league matches so far this season, a mere two points above the relegation zone

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