Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted he was not “too frustrated” after seeing his Premier League champions held to a goalless draw at Newcastle.
The Magpies had to thank goalkeeper Karl Darlow for their point as two of them slipped out of the hands of the Reds on a night of creating chances, but couldn’t take any.
Klopp said: “Oh no, I’m not happy with the result, but I’m not too frustrated. It’s football, and if you don’t use your chances, it’s hard to win a game.
“But you can have a draw with a poor performance or a draw with a good performance, and tonight was a draw with a good performance. We just didn’t use the chances, and that’s why I agree with the game. “
Three days after being docked by the humble West Brom to draw at Anfield, Liverpool found Newcastle, and in particular Darlow, in an equally stubborn mood as he made two stunning saves to shove heads off Roberto Firmino.
However, it was Mohamed Salah who perhaps should have won it for the visitors, unusually missing the target on either side of the half with only the “keeper to beat.”
Klopp said: “If you keep creating you’ll score. I know we’ll score again, that’s how it is. It’s not a problem right now.
“We had to show a reaction in the second half against West Brom because we lost a bit of the intrigue there, it looked like in that second half we were 1-0 and not 1-0.
“Tonight was a really good reaction to that, without getting the result. Everyone knows that if we win 1-0 everyone is in heaven, and we should have won the game at least 1-0. we didn’t, and we have to accept it. “
Liverpool are said to have taken a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with a victory over Tyneside, but returned to Merseyside knowing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be tied if they beat Aston Villa on New Years Day.
Bruce: I couldn’t be happier
For Magpies boss Steve Bruce, it wasn’t just the result that was a source of comfort, but the way it was achieved thanks to a performance that stood in stark contrast to some of those that have recently angered fans of the club.
Bruce said: “Of course we need our goalie to play well and we need to have a little luck along the way, but the effort, effort and commitment they put into just shows that it can give you a result.
“I couldn’t be happier. There were signs against Manchester City, which I was happy about, and to come back back to back against Manchester City and Liverpool in the way we did, I couldn’t take it anymore. be. satisfied with what we have done tonight. “
Darlow’s heroines came when Martin Dubravka returned to the squad after a long-term injury, but his wait is expected to continue.
Bruce said: “I’m in a privileged position. I have two great goalies, one who just got back into shape and was our player last year.
“Karl has been patiently waiting for his chance because of Dubravka’s form, but right now he’s number one because of the performances he’s putting on.”
Newcastle return to the Premier League on Sunday as they host Leicester live on Sky Sports; kick off at 2.15 p.m. Liverpool travel to face Southampton a day later on January 4, also live on Sky Sports; kick-off is at 8 p.m.