'I’ll be disappointed' - Mick Quinn hails one man's masterclass in Newcastle draw v Liverpool
By Russell Edge
Former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn has said that he was impressed by the tactics employed by boss Rafael Benitez against Liverpool.
The Magpies stifled a dangerous Liverpool attack with a high press and their compact shape, with the Reds requiring a moment of magic from Phillipe Coutinho to break the deadlock.
However the goal did not break Newcastle’s resolute approach to the game, as they halted Liverpool time and again with an impressive defensive performance.
Now Quinn has praised the side for the discipline shown, and hailed Benitez for tactically outclassing his counterpart Jurgen Klopp, although he admits he does not want to see such a negative approach at St James’ Park in the future.
Writing in his column for the Chronicle, Quinn said: “I thought Rafa Benitez did a bit of a job on the Reds.
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“It was yet another tactical masterclass from Rafa against his former side. Liverpool were stifled by Newcastle’s shape and discipline.
“Against a top-four side like Liverpool who can cut teams open, I do see the benefit of a safety-first approach.
“Against the vast majority of teams, I want to see them go at the opposition from the off. If Newcastle play like that against anyone at home in a year’s time, I’ll be disappointed.”
Joselu was able to steal a point for Newcastle against the Reds, netting a somewhat fortunate goal after the returning Jonjo Shelvey had dissected the Liverpool back line with a well weighted pass.
The Magpies have made a solid start to the season, with three wins and a draw putting them on ten points and in ninth place, higher than any of the other newly promoted sides.
They will be hoping to return to winning ways after the international break, with a long trip down to the south coast to take on Southampton.
In other Newcastle United news, a former star and Premier League rival has been singing the praises of the club.