It was another frustrating afternoon for Liverpool on Sunday after reaching a stalemate with ex-manager Rafael Benitez. Of all the managers in the league, the Spaniard knows how to tactically kill a game but the Reds still managed to create chances, just failed to convert. Again.
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For me, it was the correct decision to try Daniel Sturridge in place of Roberto Firmino and while Sturridge definitely should have found the back of the net, I still feel as though he added more of a threat than Firmino has done of late.
Philippe Coutinho yet again proved his worth with a stunning strike on 29 minutes. It’s dangerous to give any player space in that area but even more so when it’s the Brazilian, that was prime Coutinho territory and he made them suffer.
Just seven minutes later though and Liverpool were back to their familiar ways, Joselu left Lovren and Matip for dead, or so it seemed. Matip was unlucky not to see his last-ditch tackle come off and Newcastle managed to get the equaliser.
It’s not even like the Reds are playing badly in these fixtures, the problem is how do we solve the issues? Granted we need to improve the defence, we knew that in the summer and we know it now but what about the attack? This was supposed to be the dream season with reams of talented stars pushing forward but somewhere there appears to be a missing link.
Some of Twitter argue Jordan Henderson should be dropped, others will have you believe we need an out and out striker. I personally am not quite sure what the answer is, all I know is that if we don’t sort it quickly we’ll be finishing way out of the top four.
With an international break up next followed by a massive fixture against Manchester United, I can’t decide whether the pause will be beneficial or not for the Reds.
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Source: The Liver Bird