Team News: Klopp made four changes, with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet returning as expected.

There were no major surprises as Joe Gomez came in at right back for Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum replaced Emre Can in midfield and Daniel Sturridge came in for Bobby Firmino.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Sturridge

Subs used: Firmino, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool were frustrated once again as they could only secure a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.

Despite a wonder goal from Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring, a long ball downfield to Joselu unpicked the Liverpool defence, and Joselu equalised.

Both teams started well, with Shelvey and Ritchie both testing Mignolet from range, with Sadio Mané and Mo Salah contriving to make a mess of decent opportunities at the other end.

But truthfully, there weren’t too many openings in the early stages before the Reds nearly scored from a corner.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND – Sunday, October 1, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia is congratulated by Mohamed Salah after scoring his sides first goal during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It was Wijnaldum who won the first ball that crashed into the post, with Lovren’s shot blocked and Mané’s wide on the follow up.

It was a golden opportunity for Lovren but brilliantly defended from Newcastle.

It looked like the sort of game that needed a moment of magic, and it got one, from Liverpool’s magician.

It was a classic Coutinho goal as he picked the ball up, slalomed inside, dropped his shoulder and struck it beautifully into the top corner.

Predictably though, Liverpool were unable to hold onto their lead, as a long ball over the top to Joselu bisected the Liverpool central-defenders.

Joselu ran clear, but Matip was able to get back and tackle him. Unfortunately, Matip’s tackle bounced off Joselu and into the net, giving Newcastle the equaliser.

From there, truthfully the Reds never looked like winning the game. Newcastle offered very little on the counter but the lack of creativity from the Reds was clear.

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Their best chance came when Clark’s miscued clearance landed at Sturridge’s feet, but he and then Salah missed the resulting one on one.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND – Sunday, October 1, 2017: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren applaud supporters after the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Klopp threw subs at the issue, but whilst Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain both had aerial chances to score the winning goal, neither of them could do anything with those openings.

Dejan Lovren also had a decent aerial chance cleared by Jonjo Shelvey off a corner.

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But the last chance came to the home side, as Liverpool failed to clear a corner and Mo Diame had a free shot on the penalty spot. Dejan Lovren came out of nowhere to block and Liverpool could breathe a sigh of relief.

But this is another case of a bad point, and two points dropped where they absolutely shouldn’t have, and the Reds need to start stepping up their game, and quickly. United next up.

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