Liverpool were huge favorites heading into Sunday’s matchup against Newcastle, but it was the Magpies that came away with a 2-0 victory.
Liverpool dominated possession at St. James’ Park, but failed to create any real scoring chances. Christian Benteke had a golden opportunity around the 21 minute mark, but he managed to put the ball over the bar from just a couple of yards out.
Newcastle took the lead in the 69th minute through an own goal by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. Georginio Wijnaldum unleashed a shot inside the penalty area that Skrtel deflected in behind his own goalkeeper.
Liverpool had a goal wrongfully disallowed for offside, so instead of 1-1, Newcastle made it 2-0 in added time through Wijnaldum.
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was really happy with the work ethic of his team.
“You have to work and you have to work really hard – crawl back into the dressing room,” McClaren told SkySports after the game. “We have to maintain that. We grew into the game, you could see our lack of confidence at the start. But I thought we deserved to win.
“The players care and there is desire – you saw that today. What we’ve been through they will learn from that.
“We said at halftime, even the supporters are gradually growing into the game.
“There’s always a plan, when you lose the plan goes wrong. We talked about the work-rate, we kept compact and when you keep your discipline you get results.”
After Liverpool’s 6-1 win over earlier in the week over Southampton in the Capital One Cup, expectations were high; expectations that Liverpool failed to live up to.
“With the situation Newcastle are in and the situation we are in, you have to say they deserved the win,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told SkySports. “I couldn’t see that we should have won, we were not good enough today. I don’t know why.
“I have to see it again and know more about it but it was hard work. It should not be this hard.
“We could do better. We should play much more football, our pressing was not good.
“We were not compact – there was a lot of things we did not do well.”
Newcastle advanced to 18th place in the Premier League table with 13 points, level with Bournemouth and Norwich above the relegation zone. Liverpool dropped down to 7th.