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We had no problem when Coutinho returned to Liverpool squad: Wijnaldum

03 October 2017

It was a tightly contested affair, with Liverpool hitting the woodwork and Newcastle testing the Belgian goalkeeper, but full time came with both sides sharing the points. "I liked the way [we] were working, the effort of everyone, the understanding of what we needed to do against a good team".

"We tried to play on the counter-attack, and take advantage of the spaces in behind".

Newcastle faced Tottenham first on their return to the topflight, and they might have won a point had they finished the game with every man.

The game ended 1-1 as Liverpool move to 7th on the log with 12 points, two points better than that of Newcastle who sit at the 10th position.

However, the Anfield's side lead did not last long, with Joselu being threaded through by Jonjo Shelvey, and scoring a somewhat fortunate goal, when the ball was rebounded off his shin as he was being tackled by Joel Matip and went into the net.

Monreal poked in his first league goal since March 2013 in the 16th minute.

Liverpool, having missed their opportunity to claim a spot in the top four, are now languishing in 7th place with only a pair of goals keeping them from posting a negative goal differential.

The summer transfer window only closed just over a month ago, but many are already looking to the January transfer window - and manager Benitez has been asked about his plans. Jurgen Klopp seems pretty fed up of answering questions about his defence, but if they keep conceding goals like this those questions will keep coming. "If there is no commitment and no aggression that is maybe a reason to think about my future but I thank the players for their commitment today".

Liverpool slumped to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Sunday and their manager Jurgen Klopp was in a rueful mood in the post-match conference, blaming his players' profligacy for the result which saw them drop to seventh in the Premier League table.

Manchester United are now flying in the Premier League and sit second behind Manchester City only on goal difference after taking 19 points from their opening seven games; Liverpool have twelve points.

Liverpool lost ground on the leading pack as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle, allowing Burnley to leapfrog them into sixth with a 1-0 win at struggling Everton.

We had no problem when Coutinho returned to Liverpool squad: Wijnaldum