When 25-year-old DeAndre Yedlin was sent off against Wolves early in the second half earlier this month, it reduced Newcastle to fighting for a home result with just 10 men.
But we conceded at the death a good five minutes into stoppage time and lost out on what would have been a good point on the day.
Yedlin served his one-match ban but Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo kept his place last Saturday after playing well for several games.
Yedlin is a very good attacking right back, but his defensive play needs to improve.
DeAndre Yedlin – got a red card against Wolves
Indeed, he’s a better player now than when he arrived from Tottenham for £5M in the summer of 2016.
The fact he’s played 82 times for Newcastle shows he’s been a regular since he signed on for us.
This is what the American has said about his current situation:
“You never want to miss a game, especially after a red card. It’s part of the game.”
“I just mis-stepped against Wolves and Jota got in front of me. My first instinct was to try to get back in front of him.”
“I guess I got his shirt, and the ref saw it as an offense. He gave me a red card.”
“Yes, 100% – I can’t expect to walk straight back into the team. Credit to the lads, they won at Huddersfield, and I would never expect to change a winning team.”
“If the team is on a roll, no matter who’s on the pitch, you keep that same team out there. It’s always great to have competition.”
“It’s a healthy competition. It just pushes everybody to get better.”
“It (Fulham) was a bit like the Brighton game when we had a lot of chances and crosses, but just couldn’t convert it.”
“But the most important thing was that we kept a clean sheet. If you can’t win the game, you don’t want to lose it.”
“Credit to the guys for what they did.”
One of the things in our favor at Anfield today is we seem to play better away from home than at home, and 10 of our 17 points have come away from home this season.
Most pundits think we could be taken to the cleaners today – but we wonder about that.
The longer we can stay close to Liverpool the better chance we will have of getting something out of this very tough fixture.
What do you think?