‘It’s a very bad day, and I feel sad for Pope’: Allan Saint-Maximin laments Newcastle goalkeeper’s red card – that cruelly stops him playing in Carabao Cup final – but insists Magpies can be proud of efforts in defeat by Liverpool
- Reds ended Newcastle’s 17-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park
- The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 22nd minute when Pope was sent off
- The French winger, 25, described the match on Saturday as ‘a very bad day’
Allan Saint-Maximin lamented Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope’s red card, but insisted the Magpies can be proud of their efforts despite losing to Liverpool.
The Reds ended Newcastle’s 17-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Juergen Klopp’s side caught Newcastle cold with a scintillating start and the stunned hosts were reduced to ten men in the 22nd minute when Pope was sent off.
The French winger, 25, described the match as ‘a very bad day’ and pointed out that Pope will miss the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United next Sunday.
Saint-Maximin said: ‘Yes, it’s a very bad day. I feel sad for Pope. He tried to help the team – it’s a bad red card for the team because he will miss the cup final.
Allan Saint-Maximin says he ‘feels sad’ for Nick Pope after the Newcastle United goalkeeper was sent off for handball
The stunned hosts were reduced to ten men in the 22nd minute when Pope was sent off
‘He did everything to help us, we need to support him. It’s a bad day. We played well today, we had the first chance with Almiron, after that they scored which was painful but we tried to continue to play and carry on.
‘Even with ten men we played very well and we had chances to come back with Burn and Wilson, still had many chances so it’s very positive to see how we play with ten men.
‘Don’t look at what has happened with Liverpool – they are still a great team. To play ten men against them is very bad – we need to be focused for the cup final.
‘I am disappointed about the game because it’s important to win before the final – when you play in a final, it’s to win.’
Fourth-placed Newcastle’s only previous defeat in the league came against Liverpool at the end of August.
Darwin Nunez controlled a long pass by Trent Alexander-Arnold to score in the 10th minute.
The goal was checked and cleared by VAR after a suspicion that the ball had hit Nunez’s arm as he controlled it.
Pope will miss the Carabao Cup final match against Manchester United next Sunday
Cody Gakpo doubled Liverpool’s lead seven minutes later when he slotted in from a clever pass by Mohamed Salah.
Pope was then caught out of his goal by a long clearance from his opposite number Alisson Becker.
He ended up grabbing the ball with his hand well outside his penalty area after initially attempting to head it.
Newcastle responded well and were denied by a mixture of the woodwork and Alisson, but the damage was already done.
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