Peter Crouch singles out ‘non-existent’ Liverpool star after Newcastle draw

Liverpool: Klopp reacts to goalless draw at Newcastle

Liverpool continued their dip in form, with their second draw in a matter of days, this time against Newcastle United. The champions were held by West Brom on Sunday and were once again left rueing missed opportunities after the 0-0 draw on Tyneside.

The Reds dominated possession and had a number of clear cut chances in the second-half, but failed to capitalise on them on a frustrating night for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal put in an astonishing performance, with Mohamed Salah also spurning a glorious opportunity in the closing stages.

And following the game, Salah came in for some criticism from Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, who suggested the Egyptian was ‘non-existent’.

“Let’s be honest, it didn’t click,” Crouch told Amazon Prime.

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“I think certainly Mane in the first half… Salah was non-existent.

“Having said that, Salah had the best chance of the game and it was unlike him.

“Nine times out of ten you expect him to bend that in. He didn’t quite get the curl on it that time.

“It was a little bit disjointed.”

Despite the stalemate, Klopp found the positives in the display, claiming their luck in front of goal will quickly change.

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He said: “We found lots of solutions, we created chances, crazy a lot of chances. But it is 0-0. This is a draw we are not happy about, but I am fine with the performance.

“ This is how we have to create. It is still disappointing. They defended with all they had.

“We played super football, first half we had big chances. You have to respect the result and take what we did right and wrong.

“The finishing won’t stay like this forever. I know getting them again they will finish them.”

Liverpool have now drawn three of their last five Premier League games, bringing the chasing pack back into the race.

Manchester United, who have played a game less, are just three points behind the champions and can draw level when they face Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.

But Klopp has claimed his players are still in good spirits and are taking the positives out of a festive period that has raised some concerns.

“We have drawn two games and are still top of the table, It is a difficult season for everyone,” he added.

“We are in a good mood. Life gives you lemons, make lemonade! We will keep going…. We will try to do everything right.”

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