‘Mistake’ - Newcastle United player ratings v Liverpool as 6/10s make costly error in self implosion - gallery
Newcastle United surrendered a 1-0 lead against 10-man Liverpool to lose 2-1 after Darwin Nunez’s late brace.
Eddie Howe named an unchanged starting XI from last weekend’s defeat at Manchester City and the opening day win over Aston Villa as the Magpies head coach resisted the temptation to start Harvey Barnes over Anthony Gordon.
And it was a decision that paid off 25 minutes in when Gordon pounced on Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s mistake before slotting the ball past Alisson. Moments later, the game switched further in United’s favour when Virgil van Dijk was shown a straight red card for a last-man challenge on Alexander Isak.
Newcastle played an hour with a man advantage but self impolded in the closing stages. Nunez, a 77th-minute substitute, scored twice inside the remaining 10 minutes. Here’s our Newcastle United player ratings from the loss.
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