Rafa Benitez seemed quite pleased with the Newcastle performance yesterday but like the perfectionist he is Rafa also knows we could have won the game if we had been more composed in front of goal.
Mo Diame had a great chance to score 90 seconds into stoppage time but didn’t see the chance early enough from a corner, and his shot was then partially blocked before being saved by the goalkeeper.
If Mo had scored (in fairness he had only just come on), it would have brought the house down and provided more woe for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was not pleased with the 1-1 draw.
Coutinho fires home a brilliant goal for Liverpool
His Liverpool side again squandered chances and their defense is not the strongest in the Premier League by any means.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“I will not say that because I was not very happy with the results against Huddersfield and Brighton, I think we deserved more.”
“So, in this case, you play against a top side which is creating a lot of chances against everyone.”
“To get a point at home is not the best, but against a good team like Liverpool, I think you have to be happy.”
“Obviously it’s different because they had the possession and we had to play on the counter-attack.”
“But we could improve a little bit our counter-attack and maybe we would be talking about something different. But at the same time, you play against a very good team.”
“They were asking me before if we didn’t know that Coutinho shoots from outside the penalty area – yes, we knew.”
“But Mane and Sturridge and Firmino and Solanke and everyone are very dangerous, so to stop all of them at the same time is almost impossible.”
“The lads did a great job.”
“It’s a pity that with a little bit more composure on the ball, maybe we could have scored another goal.”
It was a good point for us, and now we need four wins in our upcoming games at Southampton, at home to Crystal Palace, at Burnley and at home to Bournemouth.
Four wins in those games would see us all flying high, and they are all winnable.