Liverpool missed the chance to move back into the top-four as they drew 1-1 with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Mo Salah’s spectacular strike had given the hosts the lead in the first-half as he spun away from his marker before lashing home a thunderous effort. A number of chances were then wasted by the hosts to add to their advantage.
Newcastle looked as though they had stolen a late point through Callum Wilson only for VAR to rule out his goal. The Magpies were not be denied however as Joe Willock fired home in the last minute to see the game end level.
Have a look at how we rated the Liverpool players:
Alisson – 6/10: Whilst somewhat of a quiet afternoon, he stood firm when required to deny Joelinton in the second-half. His distribution was impressive with a 96.8% pass success rate according to WhoScored. He could not do anything about Willock’s late equaliser with it taking a huge deflection.
Kabak – 7/10: Another impressive performance from the Turk as he produced five tackles and five clearances. Although, he was forced to be slightly more reserved throughout the game due to a yellow card picked up early on for a crunching challenge on Allan Saint-Maximin.
Fabinho – 5/10: Deployed in the heart of defence once again in the absence of Nathaniel Phillips, the Brazilian did not look totally comfortable. Balls over the top appeared to trouble the £54m-rated midfielder on a couple of occasions and he picked up a late yellow card with a cynical foul.
Alexander-Arnold – 6/10: Once again, the Reds’ academy graduate was far better offensively than in defence. He struggled at times to contain Saint-Maximin but was unfortunate not to net a wonderful goal in the second-half with a booming volley that flew just wide.
Thiago – 7/10: An absolute passing machine, the former Bayern Munich man acted as the metronome in the Liverpool midfield. He completed a game-high 100 passes, two of them being key, before he was replaced by Curtis Jones.
Wijnaldum – 6/10: Not quite as influential as his midfield partner, the Dutchman contributed three interceptions as Liverpool attempted to close out the game but was somewhat passive in attack.
Jota – 6/10: A supremely frustrating afternoon for the Portuguese who really should have scored. He had four shots, but each time could not find the net. He was replaced just before the hour mark.
Mane – 6/10: Quite how Mane did not score also remains a mystery. The Senegalese was presented with numerous wonderful opportunities, having a game-high six shots throughout the game. He could only get one of them on target in what transpired to be a hugely wasteful afternoon.
Salah – 7/10: A man who could have been the match-winner, Salah’s strike really was of immense quality as he spun away from Matt Ritchie to fire home. He also produced three key passes, no player managing to contribute more.
Firmino – 6/10: Another one of the Liverpool team who was extremely wasteful. The Brazilian had three shots of his own but could not beat Dubravka on each occasion.
Milner – 6/10: Brought on by Jurgen Klopp with just over 30 minutes remaining to shore the game up but he could not do that as Newcastle stole a late, late point.
Jones – 5/10: Introduced with only a quarter of an hour remaining, he didn’t really have enough time to make an impact.