Coach Eddie Howe took Newcastle United to Anfield Stadium on Thursday night, December 16, 2021, and they had a dream start that did not last for more than 14 minutes.
During the league game between Eddie Howe’s boys and Liverpool football club, the visitors stunned the home fans by scoring as early as the 7th minute. The early minute goal through the boots of Jonjo Shelvey gave Newcastle United the hope that they could record their second win of the season.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Liverpool had a corner kick at the 20th-minute mark of the game. Diogo Jota was at the right spot to slot in a rebound in the 21st minute. Before he scored the goal, Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden was down clutching his head in the six-yard box.
Hayden fell after crashing with his teammate Fabian Schar while trying to defend Liverpool’s cross. Schar managed to stand up while Hayden remained on the ground.
Despite that, the referee did not deem it fit to cancel the controversial goal and also did not bother to use the video assistant referee to recheck what happened in the build-up to the equalizer.
At the end of the day, the goal stood and gave Liverpool the needed inspiration to go on and score two more goals via the boots of Mohamed Salah in the 25th minute and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 87th minute.
After the 3-1 defeat at the hands of coach Jurgen Klopp and his boys, coach Eddie Howe told reporters that Jota’s equalizer was unjust.
The coach went on to stress how disappointed he felt that the referee allowed the goal to stand despite having a player down in the 6-yard box.
Coach Eddie Howe said: “I’m really disappointed with Liverpool’s first goal. I need to see it again but it was clear to me that Isaac went down holding his head immediately. In my opinion, the game should have been stopped.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… There is a lot of talk at the moment about head injuries and I felt that was a wrong decision.
“It’s had a huge bearing on the game. We had the lead. It feels unjust and I feel it was doubly hard on our players.
“I think [the referee Mike Dean] said to me he felt Isaac had held his back. For me, he held his head. He was dazed for four or five minutes. It’s a dangerous moment where we have to think about the player’s safety. I don’t think you want to see games decided when players are out of the game.
“I feel like we were really harshly treated today. It follows a similar pattern of games we’ve had where the decisions have gone against us for whatever reason.
“My feeling is the first goal and the decision for that had the key bearing on the result today and that’s the one that really aggrieves me tonight.”
On the other hand, the manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp noted that the assistant referee told him that Diogo Jota’s goal was good enough to stand. He however added that he did not see the challenge that led the Newcastle United player down.
Klopp said: “I didn’t see it back. Both got up later. I’m not saying it’s like this situation, but really quite frequently players go down in the box when they lose a challenge, but I don’t know, I couldn’t see it. The assistant on my side told me it was all good, that two players on the same team came together.”
The 3-1 win has helped Liverpool to remain second on the league table with 40 points in 17 games, a point below first-placed Manchester City, and two points above third-placed Chelsea.
While the 3-1 defeat has left Newcastle United rooted in the 19th spot with 10 points in 17 games, equal points with the bottom-placed Norwich City.