Jurgen Klopp admitted everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Liverpool at St James’s Park yesterday.
Newcastle beat Klopp’s side 2-0 yesterday to climb one place in the Premier League to 18th.
After a goalless first half, an own goal from defender Martin Skrtel put Steve McClaren’s team ahead.
And Georginio Wijnaldum made certain of the points with a goal in the 90th minute.
Liverpool had beaten Southampton 6-1 in a Capital One Cup tie four days earlier, but they lacked “rhythm” on Tyneside, according to Klopp.
Asked what went wrong, Klopp said: “Nearly everything, I would say.
“The start, the middle and the end. I don’t know.
“This was obviously not a really good football game, and that was 50% because of Newcastle and 50% because of Liverpool.
“I think in the situation that Newcastle are, you can say it’s absolutely OK for them to play like that.
“They did OK – it wasn’t too bad. They were playing build-up, and although they didn’t create chances, we didn’t create chances either.
“It was an open game, with no rhythm form our side. Our defending in the last line was good, our defending in midfield wasn’t together. Our midfield pressing wasn’t good, I couldn’t see offensive pressing. We always had to run the long way in defence.
“We were not creative enough, so we had no chances.”
Klopp added: “We have to think about if we did something wrong before the game. If not, we have to find another reason. That’s all.”
Liverpool have been revitalised by former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp, so victory was all the sweeter for home boss Steve McClaren.
“It was a huge test for us,” said McClaren. “We’ve just said to the players ‘it’s alright doing it against Liverpool, you’ve got to do it next week and the week after that no matter what the opponent is’.
“We can win football matches if we play like that.”