Joey Barton was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan after the Newcastle Liverpool game and he talked a lot about how Liverpool were not at their usual intensity against Newcastle, who started the game nervously,
But Joey went on to say he thought in the end Newcastle won the game convincingly and they outran the Liverpool team – which is very unusual for a Jurgen Klopp coached team.
They became the first team since Klopp took over to outrun Liverpool – so the Newcastle players worked their socks off for the side yesterday – a truly gutsy performance from our lads – when it was needed most.
Joey Barton – while at Newcastle
This is some of what Joey said on Match of the Day 2 yesterday:
“With Newcastle in such poor form and so nervy, on top of the way his side have been counter-attacking so well of late, I thought beforehand that it would be a game that would play into Klopp’s hands.“
“But the Reds were never on the front foot high up the pitch in the same way they were against, say, Manchester City when they won 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium last month.“
“In that game Liverpool’s forwards were putting City’s centre-halves and full-backs under constant pressure and setting traps for them whenever they were on the ball.“
“Against Newcastle, in contrast, they allowed the home team to slowly grow into the game and the Magpies went on to win it convincingly.“
“The Magpies were the first team to run further and make more sprints than Liverpool in a Premier League game since Klopp took charge, but matching the Reds’ work-rate was not the only reason they won.“
We were very impressed with Jurgen Klopp after the game and as well as knowing the game inside out – he’s also very entertaining.
What a great character to now have in the Premier League.
He knew after the game something was wrong with his team and yes Liverpool had a good goal disallowed after 79 minutes that may have turned the game.
But Jurgen still thought that Newcastle deserved to win the game and he said he would need time to sort out what really went wrong.
What he will obviously find out is that Newcastle became the first team to match and exceed Liverpool’s work-rate.
And that was in response to the fans and pundits accusing our players of not even trying in their last two games – two bad defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace when we conceded a massive eight goals.
Newcastle now need to put this level of effort into every game and if that happens we should be able to move up the league table – but we cannot have many more huge let-downs like in the previous two games.
We were proud of our players yesterday.