Mikel Merino continues to impress as Newcastle hold Liverpool to 1-1 draw

A few weeks ago, Football FanCast covered Mikel Merino’s impressive performance in a 2-1 win over Stoke City, commenting on how Newcastle’s ‘binding purchase option‘ to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker after a set number of games already looks like great business in the transfer market.

And we saw even more evidence of that against Liverpool on Sunday as the promising Spaniard played an important role in another good result for the Magpies at St. James’ Park, holding a Reds side overflowing with attacking quality to a 1-1 draw.

Indeed, the 6 foot 2 midfielder was once again exceptional in the engine room, helping halt Liverpool’s vibrant attack with five tackles, two interceptions and two blocks while making key contributions going forward by creating two chances and completing 62% of his passes – showing a desire to play the risky ball even if it lead to a rather unflattering statistic.

Aged just 21, Newcastle look to have picked up a real gem in the on-loan Dortmund man, whose quality could be crucial in ensuring a strong start to life back in the Premier League on Tyneside.