Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool robbed of penalty despite host of missed chances

Jurgen Klopp reacts during the 1-1 draw (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was disappointed to see his side waste so many brilliant chances against Newcastle in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.

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Liverpool went ahead early on, but were pegged back after some questionable defending allowed Joselu to bear down on goal.

A lucky deflection helped the ball on its way into the net, but Liverpool went on to miss several golden opportunities to go back in front.

Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah missed excellent chances with the goal gaping and Klopp conceded his goalscorers were letting him down.

Daniel Sturridge was guilty of missing chances in front of goal (Picture: Reuters/Carl Recine)

(Picture: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty)‘I am disappointed, frustrated, whatever you want,’ he said after the game.

‘Away at Newcastle for each team will be a difficult place to play.

‘We scored a wonderful goal and created wonderful chances. We shot the ball over the goal even when it was empty.

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‘We created five or six outstanding, big chances. Usually we score with one of them. I didn’t see one more chances for Newcastle.

‘They got one chance and scored. That doesn’t feel too fair.’

(Picture: Reuters/Carl Recine)Klopp was also disappointed in the refereeing for the game when Dejan Lovren seemed to be fouled in the box in the first half.

Lovren was having his shirt pulled at a corner as he tried to attack the ball, but Craig Pawson saw nothing wrong with the challenge.

‘We had a clear penalty,’ said Klopp.

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‘I don’t know what he has to do – pull the shirt off him?

‘If you don’t help yourself no one else help you. It will be like this until we score.

‘We play like this it makes sense that we play like this usually we score in situations like this.

‘We have to accept this and carry on.’

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Is Sturridge past his best? (Picture: Reuters)Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would have secured a 2-1 win against Newcastle if they had a striker like Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata rather than Daniel Sturridge.

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The Reds were left frustrated as former manager Rafa Benitez masterminded a draw to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side with just one win in seven, with a goal from Joselu cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.

Sturridge should have put Liverpool 2-1 up in the second half but the England international squandered a glorious opportunity and he was subbed off midway during the second half.

Liverpool legend Carragher believes Sturridge is not the same player he was when the Reds were challenging for the title under Brendan Rogers and thinks injuries have turned him into a less lethal striker.

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Carragher has not been impressed by Sturridge (Picture: Getty)And the Champions League winner is adamant that a top Premier League striker of Kane, Lukaku and Morata’s ilk would have secured all three points for the Reds.

‘He should [have scored] and that’s what he’s in the team for,’ he told Sky Sports after the match.

‘He’s not in the team to press, because he doesn’t press. He’s not in the team to run in behind because he’s not that player anymore – the injuries have taken its toll.

Kane has been on fire (Picture: Getty)

Morata has enjoyed a good start to life in England (Picture: AMA/Getty)‘He doesn’t get in behind people so he doesn’t actually get involved a lot. So the reason he’s in that team is to finish that chance. He has to score.

‘Sometimes a striker will say “oh but I’m getting the chances, I’ll start worrying when the chances don’t come” and then when the chances don’t come, they’ll say “oh, I’m not getting any creativity, no one is setting up chances for me!”

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‘I think strikers get away with a lot really when they’re missing chances. That’s a massive chance.

‘If that’s Harry Kane, that’s a goal. Morata, it’s a goal. Lukaku, it’s a goal.

‘And they’re coming away with a 2-1 win.’

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Liverpool react to conceding (Picture: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine)Liverpool’s defenders have a serious lack of concentration when their side is on the ball, according to Graeme Souness.

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The Reds were cut open by a simple pass through the middle against Newcastle, before Joselu benefited from a serious slice of luck when the ball rebounded off his shin and into the goal.

Joel Matip was tracking back when he made the challenge and inadvertently kicked it against Joselu and into the net.

But, Jonjo Shelvey’s pass set Joselu away and Souness believes Dejan Lovren and Matip are both guilty of switching off.

The ball came back off Joselu (Picture: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine)‘The two centre-backs haven’t covered themselves in glory there – you should never get caught with a ball straight through the middle,’ Souness said on Sky Sports.

‘They’re standing and admiring the guys in front of them. Oh we’re in possession again.’

Carragher agreed with Souness, insisting Matip did well to get back to make the tackle, but had already made a big mistake.

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(Picture: Getty)‘They’re not switched on, they lose possession and think ‘Oh, I’ll just get back in position’,’ he said.

‘Matip’s done well getting back and getting the challenge, that’s just unlucky.

‘The first mistake is him and Lovren, maybe more Matip, because he can see more.

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‘But it just sums Liverpool up defensively, how many times will we see Liverpool in total control and going 1-1 or losing 1-0.’

Liverpool had gone in front thanks to a wonderful strike from Philippe Coutinho, but were soon pegged back by Newcastle’s first real attack on goal.

It has been a similar story for Liverpool in the Premier League this season with Jurgen Klopp’s side picking up just two clean sheet so far.

The 4-0 result against Arsenal at the end of August was the last game in which Liverpool have been able to keep out the opposition.

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Joselu was allowed to race through clear on goal, with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren letting him just stroll through the middle of the pitch between them, before the ball fortuitously deflected in off the Spaniard as Matip attempted to recover to level the score at 1-1 at half-time.

Having spent all summer trying to sign Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool fans are still raging that a new centre-back did not arrive at Anfield in the summer and having conceded at least once in each of their last seven games, it’s clear there’s work to do for Jurgen Klopp.

And supporters have begged him to open the chequebook in January to sign the Dutch international and solve their defensive problems once and for all.

Buy van dijk in January for 100mil if we have to this is so stressful
— Josh Hinton (@Josh_Hintonn) October 1, 2017

— Bill (@ShanksDeciple) October 1, 2017

Sturridge is done at this level. Offer him plus cash to Southampton for Van Dijk in January imo
— Momo (@MoSalallana) October 1, 2017

@LFC not buying Van Dijk or another CB has ruined our season and to top it off your playing Sturridge 😠😣😣
— Callum Compton (@CallumCompton10) October 1, 2017

Spending all summer chasing Van Dijk, not getting him and selling Mamadou Sahko without a replacement. Klopp deserves sacking for that
— Ant Hall (@AntPHall) October 1, 2017

Hopefully Van Dijk will sign during the International break otherwise Lukaku will get about 8 against us. So bad defensively
— Josuf Bro (@jandrews2005) October 1, 2017

There’s no leadership at the back. Neither Matip or Lovren taking charge. Need Virgil van Dijk in January.
— zubair (@mhdzbr) October 1, 2017

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Could Jurgen Klopp be lured to Bayern Munich? (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Phil Thompson admits he fears manager Jurgen Klopp could be tempted by the Bayern Munich job if it were offered to him.

The German tactician’s name has already come up as a possible candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked by the Bavarian giants earlier this week.

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Klopp has proven popular at Liverpool, though it is arguably his work at previous club Borussia Dortmund that has stood out in his career so far.

Back in his native Germany, Klopp won two Bundesliga titles and guided Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final, where they were narrowly beaten by Bayern.

Klopp impressed hugely during his time with Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Thompson is a big fan of the 50-year-old, but feels the Reds could have a tricky time keeping him if he does become a major contender to succeed Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena.

‘As much as I love Klopp, he’s been fantastic, Bayern Munich is one of the biggest teams in the world and he was forever selling his best players from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich,’ Thompson told Sky Sports.

‘He realised the size of the football club, always had respect for them even when they were doing that.

‘So yes, I would think it would be a temptation for him. They will look and they’ll be looking at a lot of clubs.’

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern this week (Picture: Getty)Thompson added that he felt former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, currently at Newcastle, could also be a good option for Bayern.

‘Even Rafa Benitez, his CV is absolutely terrific,’ he said.

‘He’s not done himself any harm at Newcastle. They went down, he managed to resurrect the football club, bring them back up.

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‘They absolutely love him there but other clubs would seriously look at Rafa Benitez.

‘So yes the both of them would certainly be on their hitlist.’

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Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to not sign an established No.9. (AFP/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he would have wanted to sign Romelu Lukaku for Liverpool if his side stood a chance of landing the striker ahead of Manchester United.

The Belgium international, who moved from Everton in a £75 million deal this summer, has made a superb start to his career at Old Trafford with nine goals in eight games.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, bolstered their striking options with the signing of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, although the 20-year-old has played only 54 minutes in the Premier League so far this season.

Klopp has defended his decision to not sign an established No.9 but admits his title rivals have recruited well in the same position.

‘We have Daniel Sturridge. We all know about his potential. Now he’s fit, so hopefully we can use it,’ said the Liverpool boss.

Klopp admits a move for Lukaku would have been ‘interesting’. (AFP/Getty Images)‘And we have Dom Solanke for sure the biggest English talent in the number nine position. That’s a fantastic situation.

‘Because [Alvaro] Morata is now really working and is a perfect fit, because Lukaku is the perfect fit for Manchester United, because Harry Kane is now scoring [for Tottenham], because [Alexandre] Lacazette is doing well… we had other things we felt we needed to do first.

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‘For us, the market was not really there. We had no chance for [Romelu] Lukaku. That would have been an interesting move.

‘You cannot buy just because you think you will not score enough. We have enough chances and we will score.’

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Chelsea favourites vs Manchester City because of Antonio Conte tactics, says Danny Murphy

Antonio Conte twice got the better of Pep Guardiola last season (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have the edge over Manchester City this weekend because Pep Guardiola’s tactics could play into Antonio Conte’s hands, according to former Liverpool star Danny Murphy.

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The pair will be regarded as among two of the main Premier League title contenders this season, and this match at Stamford Bridge will be seen as an early-season six-pointer in the race for the trophy.

Chelsea beat City twice last season, however, with Conte’s side having little trouble soaking up Guardiola’s possession football and having enough quality of their own to hit them on the break.

Conte will be desperate to close the gap on Man City (Picture: Getty)Murphy believes that could be the pattern again this season, and for that reason told the London Evening Standard he expected the Blues to gain a crucial result to throw the title race wide open.

‘I fancy Chelsea for this one. City are playing superbly but, even without Sergio Aguero, they will have so many attacking players on the pitch that a side who are well-organised and counter-attack effectively, as Chelsea do, will always have a chance of exposing them,’ Murphy said.

‘You feel, too, that City need to be at their best in games like these, whereas Chelsea can get a result without playing particularly well.

Danny Murphy believes Chelsea are favourites for this weekend’s clash (Picture: Getty)

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‘And, of course, Chelsea have their match-winner, Eden Hazard, back in business again.’

Chelsea will start the game three points behind City and will not want to fall further behind them and Manchester United at this early stage of the season.

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Newcastle vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Philippe Coutinho has shown good form leading up to Sunday’s game (Picture: AP Photo)Liverpool travel to Newcastle looking to bounce back from their 1-1 draw in the Champions League midweek.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-2 win at Leicester in a dramatic encounter last weekend, with Jamie Vardy failing to convert a penalty to tie the match.

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However, Philippe Coutinho is showing the form that won him many plaudits last season, and a mega offer from Barcelona over the summer.

Mohamed Salah will be hoping to continue his goalscoring exploits for the Reds.

Rafael Benitez faces his old club (Picture: Getty Images)What time is kick-off Newcastle vs Liverpool?

The match will be played at St James’ Park on Sunday October 1. Kick-off at 4.30pm.

What TV channel is Newcastle vs Liverpool on?

Sky Sports Football will be broadcasting the match in a triple header on Sunday.

What is the Newcastle vs Liverpool team news?

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager, is expected to have the same team that lost to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

However, the volatile Aleksandar Mitrovic, is available again to Benítez having served his three-match ban.

Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara will both miss out though injury.

Sadio Mane returns for the Anfield side after serving his suspension.

Adam Lallana is still recovering from injury.

What are the latest odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Newcastle – 4/1

Draw – 3/1

Liverpool – 8/11

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Arsene Wenger warned by Paul Merson not to tinker with Arsenal XI vs Brighton

Arsene Wenger’s side come up against Brighton this weekend (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should not fall into the trap of resting star players for the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon, according to Paul Merson.

The Gunners may look at this upcoming game as one of the easier tests they’ll face in the Premier League this season, but Merson has warned they must not get complacent.

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The former England international used the example of Liverpool and Tottenham, who recently dropped points at home to Burnley and Swansea City respectively after making wholesale changes to their line ups on the day.

Arsenal haven’t got off to the best of starts this season so cannot afford another slip up this weekend, with Wenger also having the luxury of resting a number of big names in the Europa League on Thursday.

Wenger has been warned not to take Brighton lightly (Picture: Getty)Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi were the senior players most likely to also feature in the league that started against BATE Borisov, so Merson says that long journey is no excuse for Arsenal.

‘Arsenal’s trip to Belarus in the Europa League should not get in the way of three points against Brighton,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘However Arsene Wenger can’t take underestimate Chris Hughton’s side. That’s where some managers are coming unstuck at the moment, taking teams lightly.

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‘We saw that when Tottenham played Swansea at Wembley with Heung-min Son playing left wing-back and Liverpool making six changes against Burnley.

‘You have to play your best team and if they do the Gunners should win easily.’

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, with wins for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United

Michael Owen has had his say on this weekend’s Premier League fixtures (Picture: Metro)BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is back to preview the week’s Premier League fixtures, as title favourites Manchester City travel to Champions Chelsea for a blockbuster game at the top of the Premier League table.

Huddersfield v Spurs

After tipping-up Harry Kane to open the scoring last weekend the Spurs striker has subsequently scored 5 goals in 2 games and remains in sensational form in front of goal. BetVictor make him the 3/1 second favourite to be the league’s leading goal scorer for a third consecutive season however, I remain adamant that, with a clean bill of health, Man City’s Sergio Aguero is the most likely winner and he looks over-priced at 7/2 accordingly.

Harry Kane is 3/1 with BetVictor for the Golden Boot this season (Picture: Getty)Interestingly enough, Kane’s only previous career appearance at the John Smith’s Stadium came in February 2011 when he was on loan at Leyton Orient – Kane was substituted on, scored and was then sent off, which remains his only red card in all competitions! He is a different player these days, however, and with him firing on all cylinders Spurs should claim all three points in West Yorkshire.

Michael’s recommendation: Huddersfield 0-3 Tottenham

Bournemouth v Leicester

From two sides who have made terrific starts defensively, to two that have only a solitary clean sheet in their opening six Premier League games thus far. The Cherries are unbeaten in their four previous top-flight meetings with Leicester but neither side looks strong at the back and I expect both teams to score at Dean Court.

Michael’s prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Man Utd will be confident of victory with Romelu Lukaku in such top form (Picture: Getty)It doesn’t get any easier for Crystal Palace, who remain bottom of the Premier League table after six successive defeats this term. Palace are 20/1 with BetVictor to cause an upset at Old Trafford but I can’t see anything bar a comfortable home win but Roy Hodgson needs points, and fast, to get the club out of trouble.

Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

West Brom v Watford

Watford continue to be the most under-rated team in the division and, after flagging-up the 7/2 with BetVictor to finish in the top-half, it’s nice to see BetVictor cut them to 13/8 after last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Swansea. I think Hornets’ manager Marco Silva is absolutely top-class and expect him to be at one of Europe’s top clubs before long; he can guide Watford to a result at the Hawthorns.

Michael’s prediction: West Brom 1-2 Watford

West Ham v Swansea

Swansea need to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at The Liberty Stadium, with Paul Clement’s side looking increasingly likely to be involved in the relegation shake-up at the end of the season. West Ham showed tremendous spirit to almost come back and nick a point against Spurs last weekend.

Andy Carroll was more than a handful against Spurs last weekend and should cause Swansea plenty of problems in the capital. Carroll has been involved in eight goals in six Premier League games against Swansea for the Hammers, scoring five goals and assisting three.

Michael’s prediction: West Ham 2-0 Swansea

Andy Carroll has a good record against Swansea (Picture: Getty)Stoke City v Southampton

Neither side has been consistent this term and with that in mind, it could prove a difficult 90 minutes for both teams in the Potteries. Stoke are winless in their last five games in all competitions but are likely to be tough to break down and will have some terrific support behind them. The Saints have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 Premier League games and, after failing to score in either fixture with Stoke last season, Mauricio Pellegrini’s side could be in for a frustrating afternoon at the Britannia.

Michael’s prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Southampton

Chelsea v Man City

What a game in store as Champions-elect Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to face Champions Chelsea in a huge game at the top of the Premier League. City have been flawless at times this season, netting 29 goals in their opening 9 games in all competitions, last month’s 1-1 draw with Everton the sole blip on an otherwise perfect start to the campaign.

Nevertheless, Chelsea shouldn’t be underestimated on home soil and look too big at 15/8 with BetVictor. Antonio Conte did a tremendous job with the Blues last season, leading the club to the Title in his maiden season in English football. This will undoubtedly serve as Pep Guardiola’s stiffest task this season thus far and I’m not convinced they should be as short as 7/5 to leave West London with all three points.

Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Arsenal v Brighton

Arsene Wenger’s side will be expecting a win against Brighton (Picture: Getty)Brighton were fortunate to beat Newcastle at the weekend and I expect Chris Hughton’s side to be outclassed at The Emirates. The Gunners have a terrific record in home fixtures against lesser sides in the top-flight, beating West Brom 2-0 in North London on Monday, and should likewise complete another comfortable home win at the weekend.

Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

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Everton v Burnley

Burnley remain an enigma this season, being able to avoid defeat in their three away games at Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool but unable to beat the trio of West Brom, Leeds or Huddersfield in their last three games at Turf Moor. Blues manager Ronald Koeman has some much-needed breathing space after back-to-back victories over Sunderland and Bournemouth and are odds-on with BetVictor to complete the hat-trick at the Clarets’ expense.

Michael’s prediction: Everton 1-0 Burnley

Newcastle v Liverpool

I have fond memories of St James’ Park and scored a hat-trick for Liverpool in the corresponding fixtures back in 1998. The Reds saved bookmakers a fortune midweek but I expect Liverpool to bounce back when travelling to Newcastle on Sunday.

Michael’s prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool

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