Howe Remains Calm After Newcastle’s Loss to Liverpool

Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, had mixed emotions as he watched his team succumb to a remarkable comeback by Liverpool.

Despite leading 1-0, Howe’s Magpies found themselves just nine minutes away from their first victory over Jurgen Klopp’s 10-man Liverpool since December 2015 before conceding two late goals and losing 2-1.

After the game, Howe acknowledged that his players were hurting following Darwin Nunez’s last-minute double. However, he aimed to put this painful defeat into perspective, especially coming a week after a narrow loss to champions Manchester City.

He stated, “I’d like them to feel the pain because we pride ourselves on aiming to win first and foremost. If we can’t win, then we strive to secure a draw. However, that’s certainly a match we should not have lost.”

“My role now is to calm the situation and maintain perspective. Results will always influence opinions, but in the first two games, we’ve come very close to earning more points. We’ve been highly competitive, and there have been promising signs. However, we probably haven’t accumulated the points we deserve.”

Newcastle appeared to be in control when Liverpool’s captain, Virgil van Dijk, received a red card for fouling striker Alexander Isak just three minutes after Anthony Gordon had given the home side a first-half lead.

However, they failed to capitalize on their advantage, largely due to the exceptional performance of goalkeeper Alisson, who made a stunning save to deny Miguel Almiron’s goal-bound volley. Additionally, the post denied the same player before Nunez’s match-winning contribution.

When asked if he could learn more from a narrow defeat than a 1-0 victory, Howe commented, “It depends on how you perceive it. If we don’t collectively take responsibility and analyze the game thoroughly, then perhaps not. But if we do those things and always take ownership of what’s happened – which includes me along with the players – then I believe we can emerge from it stronger, and that’s what we’ll strive to do.”

“I’m proud of the players in many ways for what they delivered today, but we’re certainly disappointed that we didn’t get anything out of the game.”

Regarding his substitutions, which saw influential players Sandro Tonali, Gordon, and Isak replaced with Sean Longstaff, Harvey Barnes, and Callum Wilson, Howe defended his choices amid suggestions that they may have cost his team the match. He also expressed concern about an ankle injury to key defender Sven Botman, which might prompt further transfer activity.

He stated, “I don’t know the severity of the injury, but we certainly wish him a swift recovery. We’ll have to wait and see. I’ll consult with the medical team to assess the extent of Sven’s injury.”