Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seemed satisfied at the end of yesterday’s game with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool who were once again wasteful of the chances they got and leaked a goal at the back with some poor defending.
Newcastle do not have the players that Liverpool have acquired but are a difficult team to beat – hold their shape well during a game and the players worked their socks off yesterday
When we watched the game again yesterday afternoon we felt tired at the end given the work our players put in for the Newcastle cause – it was excellent to see that.
Liverpool have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions whereas Newcastle have won three.
Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp before the match yesterday
Here’s what Rafa Benitez said after the match when asked if he thought Jurgen Klopp was right and that we were lucky to get a point:
“It’s not a question of if I agree with Jurgen or not, it’s a question of some games, you have what you deserve, some games not too much.”
“In this case, we got one point at home and I don’t like that, but still against a top side, I think it’s positive.”
“If you had asked me before (if I would have taken 10 points from first 7 games), maybe I would have said yes.”
“But after the first two games – Tottenham was different because we were playing with 10 players – that we lost.”
“I think we deserved something more in that game and maybe it could be even better.”
“But I will not be greedy and I will just be happy with that.”
Jurgen is under some pressure to get wins at the moment, and the Reds are in 7th place in the league – only two places above Newcastle and 2 points better off.
So we are well positioned as we go into the two-week International break.