Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle earned themselves an important point away from home in their quest to avoid relegation as the away team battled from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Anfield.
Benitez’s Newcastle fell behind to first-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.
In a game of two halves, Papiss Cisse inspired their comeback with a goal shortly into the second half, and then Jack Colback evened the score with his first Newcastle goal of the season.
Clearly Benitez was happy with his sides hard earned point.
Benitez said, “Congratulations to our players because today they showed the passion, the commitment and the effort that we were expecting.”
“Thank you to the fans because they were supporting the team to the end.”
“If we stick together it will be easier for us to approach the games and get chances to win.”
“Everyone was doing a great job.”
However Jurgen Klopp was disappointed that his side did not get all three points in a game in which Liverpool dominated.
Klopp said, “We did really, really well in the first half against a highly-motivated side in their situation. Now they are happy with a point but before the game they maybe thought they could win against Liverpool at Anfield.”
“In the first half we were clearly the better team and we were clearly the better team in the second half too, only not around the two goals we conceded. Two shots on target and two goals – it sounds not too good and is not too good. But in this moment we have to accept it.”
“We really did well in a lot of parts of the game. We cannot think about the reason [why we didn’t win] too much, to be honest. We have to carry on and work.”
“Today, especially the first half was really good. In the second half after the draw, usually the game can change but it didn’t. We were still dominant and we played football. In an intensive game, after an intensive game, against a rested opponent, we did really well.”
“But you then need a little bit of luck in decisive moments; it’s an inch on the boot and the ball goes there. We had this penalty situation [with Sturridge] – I think it was a clear penalty.”
“2-2 feels not too good but we have to accept it and we can accept it.”
Watch extended highlight of Liverpool’s game against Newcastle.
Liverpool’s next game is the Europa league cup semi-finals in Spain against Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal.