Liverpool missed more great chances and made another horrendous defensive error during Sunday’s Premier League draw at Newcastle, but the Reds’ lack of urgency was the most frustrating thing about their display.
With the score at 1-1 in the second half, too many Reds’ players were passing sideways, backwards or too slowly, and I was thinking ‘come on, speed it up’.
The pace was almost like it was a friendly, and Newcastle found it very easy to deal with.
Maybe some of the Liverpool team thought a draw at St James’ Park was a good result, but I don’t agree.
If, like Liverpool, your aspiration is to try to win the title – or at the very least get in the top four – then when you go to play a newly promoted side, you should be thinking of going there and giving them a good hiding.
Tottenham did that to Huddersfield on Saturday but Philippe Coutinho was often the only player in Jurgen Klopp’s side who looked like he was trying to make anything happen.