Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Monday October 21 2013
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted to being slightly frustrated at not claiming all three points against Newcastle United at the weekend...
Saturday's 2-2 draw at St James' Park saw Liverpool twice battle back from falling behind to claim a share of the spoils against Newcastle United.
Captain Steven Gerrard cancelled out Yohan Cabaye's impressive opener from the penalty spot shortly before half-time before Daniel Sturridge nodded home from close range in the 72nd minute after youngster Paul Dummett had restored the Magpies' lead.
However, given the number of chances the visitors created and the fact they were playing against 10-men for around an hour following the dismissal of Newcastle centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, it was a case of what might have been.
Analysing the contest at his post-match press conference, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reflected: "It's a little bit of frustration in terms of not getting the three points.
"But on the back of an international break and with 13 players away and some not coming back until Thursday night, to come over to St James' Park is never an easy place to come. To go behind twice in the game and to come back and then show moments of real quality I was pleased with.
"It's a point that we'll hopefully look back on at the end of the season and say is a good point having been behind twice.
"I just felt it was one of those games where we couldn't quite make the breakthrough, but everything that the players put into the game was exceptional. A lot of them have played two international games and played around the world, so I've got no complaints.
"I think what I can look to is that we're not getting cut open as a team. No-one is really playing through us and moving us about.
"The goals we conceded were disappointing. We conceded from a set-piece against Crystal Palace and it took a wee bit of the gloss off the performance. Today we could do better. Cabaye is a wonderful player and it was a great shot.
"It dipped at the end, but we can look at that and feel that we can stop it. The second goal was a mistake. We just lost our man and he's nipped in and finished it really well. These are goals that we can avoid, for sure."
Gerrard's strike from 12 yards represented his 100th in the Premier League - a landmark achievement but one the 33-year-old would happily have sacrificed for a victory.
"It's a good milestone for me and a great personal achievement," Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.
"But I'd certainly swap the goal for two extra points today, that's for sure. Points for the team and where we finish in the league are my priority; if personal milestones get crossed off along the way, then great.
"I thought Newcastle started the game a lot better and brighter than us, and probably deserved to go a goal in front.
"The sending-off completely changed the game; we took control from there and deserved to take the three points, but we couldn't get that final goal."
The point put Liverpool back to the top of the league for a couple of hours but subsequent victories for Arsenal and Chelsea saw them end the week in third.
The Reds are next in action on Saturday afternoon when West Bromwich Albion visit Anfield.
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Date:Monday October 21 2013
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