After their impressive 6-1 mauling of Southampton in midweek, Liverpool fans could be forgiven for expecting a similar result against relegation battlers Newcastle on Sunday.
Instead they witnessed a complete and utter shambles as Jurgen Klopp’s men fell to a 2-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.
Klopp has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Liverpool hotseat, but there were always going to be some hiccups during the early days of this Anfield tenure. He’s had injuries to deal with and is still doing his best with a bunch of players he inherited. The real Liverpool under Klopp will begin to take shape in January and next summer, so it would be unfair to start questioning Klopp’s ability to succeed at the club.
We’ve seen him begin to implement his preffered style of play – gegenpressing – and on the whole it’s been a success. But against Newcastle, Liverpool were too wasteful in possession, which ultimately handed the hosts the chance to grab all three points.
The Reds misplaced 124 of their passes against Steve McClaren’s men, which is the most in a Liverpool game in any of the last five seasons. Not good enough, eh? If you don’t protect the ball and aren’t efficient in possession then you’re rarely going to win football matches, which Liverpool ultimately proved against Newcastle.
See Squawka’s graphic of all their misplaced passes below…
Liverpool misplaced 124 passes vs. Newcastle, most in a league game in any of the last 5 seasons. Gegen-depressing. pic.twitter.com/DgHTnQlyZ4
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 7, 2015