Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1: We were ‘outstanding’ – Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1: Brendan Rodgers feels his side did enough to secure victory after being held by 10-man Magpies
Brendan Rodgers felt Liverpool’s “outstanding” performance should have secured his side three points after 10-man Newcastle held the Reds to a draw at Anfield.
Yohan Cabaye gave Alan Pardew’s men the lead in the 43rd minute with a curling strike despite Liverpool looking relatively comfortable, but Luis Suárez equalised in the 67th minute when he rounded Tim Krul and slotted home.
The Reds enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession but failed to convert their dominance into a winner, despite Fabricio Coloccini being red-carded for a high challenge on Suárez in the 84th minute.
Liverpool’s third home draw of the season leaves the Reds in 12th place in the Premier League table – but despite failing to claim the win, Rodgers was pleased with his side’s display.
“We were outstanding,” Rodgers told BBC Sport. “Our possession and intensity was relentless.
“We went to sleep for the goal but I thought we deserved the three points. I told the players to stay calm and play how we were doing. We just couldn’t finish off the many chances we had.
“I am sure our draws will turn into wins. Suárez’s goal was brilliant and he has been fantastic. His first touch from that height, and touch was an incredible piece of skill and he is a world-class striker.
“Most people in football know he is a threat, he plays the false nine role like [Lionel] Messi does at Barcelona. He will be disappointed we did not win.”
Newcastle boss Pardew admitted his side struggled to contain Suárez at Anfield and felt the Magpies could have claimed victory if they had coped better with the Uruguayan’s attacking threat.
“We looked to keep hitting them on the break, but they are clever and Suárez is a great player,” said Pardew, whose side are 10th in the table.
“He was causing us problems and if we could have wrapped him up, we would have won the game.
“We looked comfortable at 1-0 and lacked concentration for their goal. It changed proceedings and it has been a bad day for us.”