Rafa's Return Ends In A Draw for Reds

As always it was fantastic to see Rafa Benitez back at Anfield on Saturday afternoon but I just knew he would find a way to get the better of Klopp's side. I predicted a score draw and wasn't surprised at all to see our two nil lead disappear.

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Mamadou Sakho

It's hard to discuss this game without first discussing the news regarding Mamadou Sakho and a failed drugs test. I do not of course have full details with regards to the failure but from what I have read he's been taking illegal fat burners.

I can't condone that sort of decision from any footballer to be honest and I'm very disappointed to hear that Sakho has apparently been taking something that he should not have been taking. I'm diasppointed because I didn't think he or his fitness team would get involved with something like this but also disappointed because he's really been impressing me of late and it's such a shame that he's squandered a blossoming partnership with Dejan Lovren.

I suppose we will just have to wait and see what happens but I can't say I'm happy with the whole situation.

Lallana hit and miss?

Lallana scored a lovely goal on Saturday on the half hour mark to take Liverpool's lead to 2-0 on top of Sturridge's early goal. Lallana is a bit of a frustrating player for me though, he'll have matches like Saturday where he stamps his mark on the game, causing havoc for the defence and scoring a wonderful goal in the process but then the following game he can go completely missing.

I'm no tactical expert but I think the lack of consistency in an attacking formations is detrimental for somebody like Adam Lallana. It will be interesting to see whether he is embedded in Klopp's future plans once the transfer window comes around.

Mignolet mistake

What on earth was Mignolet doing for their first goal? The cross to Cisse seemed to take an age to enter the box which would surely mean Migs had enough time to assess the situation but it was easy as pie for Cisse who headed home Newcastle's first.

Conceding like that threw Liverpool off  course I think, Rafa's side only needed a glimmer of a chance and Mignolet gifted it to them. The confidence boost from there on out was enough and the equaliser from Colback ensured Newcastle walked away with a point.

Rafa Benitez

There aren't many managers in the world who would have their name sang by both the opposition and home fans, it was just brilliant to see.

Benitez was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: "It's very emotional. The fans, the city, the club - I have a very good relationship with Liverpool obviously. My family still live here. It was emotional because the Liverpool fans were singing my name and afterwards the Newcastle fans were singing my name so really pleased to have this reaction and really pleased to get a point against a very good team."

Next up for Liverpool is a massive tie against Villarreal.

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