The last game was in vain. Corona seems to have blown up many people's 2020 plans.
St. James Park and Anfield's Liverpool showed good performance against Newcastle except in the 2010-2011 season, when Andy Carroll lost twice. The recent five consecutive wins prove this. Therefore, the match was expected to be won without difficulty. Considering the fierce competition for the first place and the sluggish performance against WBA in the last game, the game was inevitable.
However, after the WBA match, they ended the year with a two-match draw against Newcastle. The step to work after watching the game at dawn felt unusually heavy. Do you think it's that cold because the weather is so cold?
Between Reese Williams and Nathaniel Phillips, Klopp chose Philips. In the last game, the lack of defense against Matip's injury ended up being filled by Philips. The singularity was on the lower list. Thiago Alcantara was put on the lower list, raising expectations for a second-half replacement.
The home side Newcastle successfully completed a 5-4-1 formation with Callum Wilson at 해외축구중계 the center of defense. However, Newcastle increased pressure from the beginning and continued to hinder Liverpool's build-up. Liverpool defenders' slow-footed response tactics were also quite impressive.
It was not until the middle of the first half that Newcastle's defense was cracked little by little by little. Liverpool players who caught the crack created several chances, but failed to finish quickly and score. Newcastle goalkeeper Darlow, who blocked Sala's one-on-one chance, also played.
The first half ended 0–0, but there was no other gain. It was the first half of the game when I could see Newcastle's defense, which was stronger than I thought, and Liverpool's attack, which was much less destructive than I thought.
Even though the second half began, Liverpool could not escape the same flow as the first half. No, this trend may have continued since the last game. Liverpool's pattern of passing without finding a close defense method continued similarly to the last game.
Arnold's slump was unexpectedly noticeable. Liverpool's offense begins with a full-back (Arnold-Robertson). Therefore, there are often situations where fullbacks can't do anything, which was clear in today's game. Arnold's slump further frustrated the attack, with Mane and Salah already unable to resolve it.
In the 67th minute of the second half, Klopp took out his first replacement card. Bainaldum came in except Curtis Jones, who had been sluggish throughout the game. In the end, the midfield union turned around and formed Henmildham. I don't know how many years I've seen such a combination since I've recruited so many midfielders.
72 minutes into the second half. Milner's out. Finally! Tiago Alcantara came in. I'll be back in about two months. I don't know how long I've been waiting. As soon as Tiago came in, he tried a slim turn-over move and a creative forward pass, opening Liverpool's stuffy breath. I definitely felt that he was different from the existing players.
Liverpool advanced Newcastle with the addition of Thiago. However, Liverpool's striker, who failed to save the chance, and Newcastle's defenders, who remained focused until the end, won the game 0-0. Eventually, the final game of the 2020 EPL ended in a 0–0 draw.
Liverpool, who played their first scoreless game of the season, led second-place Manchester United by three points, giving them an uneasy lead. Considering that Manchester United played one less game, it is within the range of turning the tables at any time. This season is likely to run on thin ice until the end.
With the end of the match against Newcastle, the 2020 games were all over. Looking back on this game and looking back on the whole season, I think we must buy a defender in the upcoming winter transfer market. In particular, only when the back is safe and reliable can the fullback and the three lines run relatively freely, so the center back must be bought first. In this regard, it is regrettable that Robren's absence was left unattended during the summer transfer market