Newcastle United – Liverpool: Newcastle Let The Game Slip (1-2)

Liverpool were able to keep some level of control over Newcastle’s pressing and transition play in the early stages of the match. However, a sudden goal and red card put Liverpool behind with ten men. Newcastle struggled to capitalize on this and put the game to bed with their possession game in the second half though, leaving the door open for Darwin Núñez to stun St. James’ Park with two late goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United side made a statement on the opening day of the season with an impressive win over Aston Villa, before being narrowly beaten at the Etihad Stadium last week. The home side lined up in a 4-3-3 shape for this game, with a back four of Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schär, Sven Botman, and Dan Burn. Joelinton joined Bruno Guimarães and Sandro Tonali in midfield, while the frontline consisted of Miguel Almirón, Alexander Isak, and Anthony Gordon.

Liverpool meanwhile recovered after going a goal down to beat Bournemouth at Anfield last week. Before that, they had drawn at Stamford Bridge. Jürgen Klopp lined his side up in a 4-3-3 system as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joël Matip, Virgil van Dijk, and Andrew Robertson made up the back four. Wataru End . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]


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