Liverpool missed an easy chance to close in on the Premier League’s top four when it suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to bottom placed Newcastle United at St.James’s Park on Sunday.
The first goal of the match came from Martin Skrtel, not on target to the opposition’s net, but an own goal which was forced onto him by Dutchman
Georginio Wijnaldum in the 69th minute and then added a second goal himself in the 93rd minute to seal the match in favour of the Magpies.
It was just the second home win of the season for Newcastle, which it took it above relegation rival Sunderland.
Liverpool lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Newcastle, with Christian Benteke leading their attack.
Alberto Moreno’s goal was wrongly disallowed in the 80th minute of the game.
Liverpool definitely lacked the intensity of its previous matches and it was probably a case of improper selection of players by Klopp.
But it is good to see that Klopp is rotating all the players and giving everyone a chance to perform.
This match was a case wherein, the six changes which he made to the team just did not fit into his game-plan.
Christian Benteke was not supported well in the front and due to this there were less sprints down the ground in this match and the Magpies ran further into the box of Liverpool.
The amount of intensity reduced drastically and Klopp should have used three players up-front like he did against Manchester City.
With Emre Can missing, the midfield was rigid and less dynamic in this match, said Joey Barton.
Dietmar Hamann reckons some people “got carried away” over Liverpool’s potential this season – and says a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle showed how they must improve in possession.
“I think [talk of the title] has also got to do with the lack of form of some of the other title contenders; United not playing well, City losing, Chelsea being near the bottom of the table,” Hamann said.
“People did get carried away.
Yes, they did have a few good results but the reason I felt they may struggle today is that they had to play like a home team today, where they have struggled.”
He also point out that the absence of Coutinho is a big loss for Liverpool.
Liverpool looked ordinary for large parts, letting the Magpies occasionally into the box.
Ball possession will play an important role when many changes are made in the team, as it gives more time to adjust.
It is work in progress for Klopp and he needs to be given time to make amends with the transfer window coming up.
It is too early to judge Klopp’s methods, given that its been only two months since he came into the job.