Liverpool missed the chance to extend the gap between them and second-placed Manchester United after failing to beat a gritty and stubborn Newcastle side. Darlow’s heroics earned the Magpies a well deserved point on a night where the Reds were guilty of missing a hatful of chances.
The sixth draw of the season sees Liverpool end 2020 on top with just 3 points separating the from Manchester United, who have a game in hand. Liverpool, who hammered Crystal Palace by scoring seven goals have now scored just one in their last two games and picked up two points from a possible six.
Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp admitted he was not happy with the result, and rued the chances his players missed in the game. The Liverpool manager added “I’m not happy about the result but the game is already played. I’m not overly frustrated or something like that – it’s football, if you don’t use your chances then it’s difficult to win a game.“
“But you can have a draw with a bad performance or you can have a draw with a good performance, and tonight we had a draw with a good performance. We just didn’t use the chances and that’s why I’m OK with the game. That’s it.“
The Liverpool manager said he wasn’t concerned about the lack of goals as his team were creating more chances, but failing to finish them. Speaking on the comparison between Crystal Palace game, Klopp said “Look, not scoring is a concern if you don’t create. That’s how it is. If you create, it’s just momentum, it’s for now. But if you keep creating then you will score, that’s it. I know we will score again, that’s not our problem in the moment.“
“We needed to show a reaction from the second half against West Brom because in that game we lost the plot a little bit in the second half, it looked for me like we were 1-0 down not 1-0 up. Tonight it was a very good reaction on that, without getting the result. But we all know: you win this game 1-0 and everybody is over the moon. And we should have won it at least 1-0, but we didn’t.“
“That’s what we have to accept. But I can work with this performance, that’s important. I can work with the things I saw tonight. We can build on that, we don’t have to now change massively in the next three or four days and say, ‘OK everything is going wrong, we have to try to compete another way.’ That’s why I’m OK, that’s it.“