‘No leaders, no direction, not good enough’ – Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp criticised after crumbling to late draw with Newcastle as Anfield woes continue

Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp have been criticised for their appalling game management after crumbling to a stunning late draw with Newcastle.

The Reds’ Anfield woes continued on Saturday afternoon, as the wasteful hosts were forced to share the points after a last-gasp Magpies equaliser in the fifth minute of added time.

Liverpool missed a huge opportunity to go fourth in the Premier League
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Mohamed Salah looked to have put the champions on the road to a rare home win in 2021 with an early strike. In fact, the Egyptian King’s third-minute goal was Liverpool’s first first-half goal at home THIS YEAR.

Klopp’s side controlled the game and could easily have had four or five at the break, but were ultimately made to pay for the lack of clinical touch in front of goal.

The Merseysiders registered 22 shots on Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka’s goal – that’s more than when they smashed Crystal Palace 7-0 in December [14] – but only landed nine on target

And they paid the price as Steve Bruce’s Newcastle rallied at the close and had the last laugh, on-loan Arsenal ace Joe Willock coming off the bench to score for the second straight game, earning a crucial point after Callum Wilson saw his late goal ruled out by VAR for handball.

It’s the latest poor result for Liverpool, who have really struggled at home since the turn of 2021, winning just two games at an empty Anfield.

It was a superb turn and shot from Salah to give Liverpool a first-half lead at Anfield
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But Newcastle struck in the FIFTH MINUTE of added-time to claim a vital draw[/caption]

Trevor Sinclair was in the commentary booth for talkSPORT on Merseyside, and he couldn’t believe how poor the Reds were going forward and how they let the win slip through their fingers.

And he said the team has suffered from the absences of ‘leaders’ Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk throughout a tough campaign.

“Liverpool can’t finish their dinner at the moment,” said the former England international.

“They should have been out of sight, they should have won that game by four or five goals, they had so many opportunities.

“They had 22 shots on goal… it’s not good enough. You’d have to say Dubraka was top drawer, he was Man of the Match, but that’s not good enough for Liverpool.

“Their game management was poor. In the final minutes, are you going to continue to try and score more goals, or are you going to keep the ball and take the life out of this match?

“They decided to score another goal – why? Why not just win that game 1-0?

“They should have lost that goal 2-1, the handball goal should be a goal, there’s no way Wilson can make his arm disappear and it was so close to his body.

“This Liverpool team has no leaders. You look at the leaders they had last season, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, they’ve not on the pitch.

“I can’t understand the management of that game. At the end Jurgen Klopp should have been in his technical area barking orders at his players to make sure a game plan is executed in the dying seconds of the game, and it wasn’t.

“So Klopp and his players, they all need to take responsibility for that performance and that result.”

Liverpool have been without captain Jordan Henderson for most of the season due to injury
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Meanwhile, Klopp has been tipped to have a major squad clearout this summer, with Tony Cascarino a number of players have no future at Anfield.

“I think a number of players are playing for their future at Liverpool towards the end of the season,” said the talkSPORT host on Saturday.

“I think Klopp’s going to make a few big decisions, because he has to.

“Yes, he’s going to get players back who have been injured, but I think the reaction and how poor they’ve been at times without having the big players available, has made Klopp think again.

“He’s probably thinking maybe it’s time one or two of them, even though they’ve been really good for me, they have to move on.”