Liverpool’s progress continues to be stunted by their miserable form away from Anfield. Before the Saturday evening kick-off, Liverpool had every reason to be optimistic. Discord rang around Newcastle following the sacking of Chris Hughton and the swift appointment of Alan Pardew. Winning so convincingly against Aston Villa also gave Liverpool fans cause for hope.
That hope evaporated within 15 minutes as Kevin Nolan gave Newcastle the lead. Hope flared when Dirk Kuyt’s deflected left-foot shot levelled the game. Indeed, for a spell Liverpool looked the more likely winners. Joey Barton’s persistence put paid to those hopes, whilst Andy Carroll’s stunning last-minute goal clinched the game.
Liverpool have missed a wonderful opportunity to continue their recent good run of form, Roy Hodgson ruminated following the 3-1 defeat to Newcastle. “It’s a major setback and it’s a major blow, because we’ve had a couple of good games recently and we were on a good run,” he told skysports.com, barely able to conceal his frustration following the game.
“With how the first half went and with the early equaliser I had high hopes that we’d continue to play at the high level we’ve played at recently. We didn’t,” he said. Joey Barton’s goal, turning the game on its head in the 80th minute was a particular cause for disappointment: “We conceded a second goal the like of which you don’t really want to see as a coach.”
Pacheco loaned out?
Daniel Pacheco is firmly in Roy Hodgson’s long-term plans, as evidenced by his recent signing of a contract running until the summer of 2014. However, in the short-term, Pacheco’s future is less certain. Despite impressing Hodgson in training, Pacheco has made just nine first team appearances to date. In search of first-team football, the 19-year-old told guillembalague.com that going out on loan is an option he would consider in January.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal. I’m being sincere when I say that I see my future here, I’d like it to be so,” he said. “But in order to get some playing time, and if it suits the club, the best thing would be for me to go out on loan.”