5 Things We Learned From Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool


Things Are Only Going To Get Worse For Liverpool

This was supposed to be the easiest game of Liverpool’s week, which now sees them come up against Real Madrid and Chelsea in the next seven days.

Defeat at the Bernabeu is pretty much inevitable – although football retains the ability to make fools of us all – and then with the visit of Jose Mourinho’s side comes so many uncomfortable memories of last season.

Prepare yourselves, Reds fans…

 

The Pardew Revolution Rolls On

As the Reds are only too well aware, football’s ability to alternate between dream scenarios and nightmarish ones continues apace, with Newcastle’s current fortunes another great example of that.

This was a fourth straight win and came right off the back of midweek Capital One Cup success at Manchester City. Things are certainly going in the right direction and that eight-year contract might be seen out just yet.

 

Blaming Balotelli Is Fruitless

Liverpool didn’t score and lost and so obviously Mario Balotelli is going to get singled out, but once again blaming the Italian is fruitless and just plain wrong.

If anything, Balotelli’s movement was better here than it often has been. He drifted into spaces and sought to bring others in to play, but with so many of his teammates off-form then he so often ended up going down blind allies. The Italian isn’t working out, but he’s far from the worst thing about this Reds side.

 

Perez And Abeid Lead The Geordie Charge

Mehdi Abeid made his Newcastle debut in the centre of midfield here, with Ajose Perez coming off the bench at half-time and ultimately winning the match for the hosts.

Both have added a welcome burst of vitality to the Newcastle side, bringing pace where there was often pondering and dynamism where there was dithering. They should be in the team to stay.

 

Moreno Needs To Get Up To Speed

Perez’s goal, though, came about from a simple error from the Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno, who showed for the second time in his brief Premier League career that he sometimes wants a little too much time on the ball.

He was punished for dallying on his Reds debut when Stevan Jovetic scored for Manchester City, and it was the same case with Perez here. This, if anything, signifies the problems Liverpool are having.

 

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