For a few fleeting minutes on Saturday, Newcastle fans were dreaming of leaving Liverpool with a spectacular win, only for individual errors and a moment of magic to deny them.

When Jetro Willems scored his spectacular opening goal, there was delirium in the away end, as fans celebrated wildly, and even afterwards, Steve Bruce seemed to have employed the perfect game-plan, as Liverpool struggled to breakdown our defensive lines.

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But when Emil Krafth dived in like an impetuous schoolboy, to try and steal the ball from Andy Robertson, leading directly to the Liverpool equaliser, the momentum shifted.

Obviously there were other factors that led to the second goal, but it was the contrast between the two summer full-back signings that gave cause for concern.

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It was ironic, after such a stunning strike from Willems, that Krafth went on to miss a gilt-edged chance in the second-half that would have brought us level, reinforcing the difference in fortunes for the pair.

Emil Krafth needs to emulate his Dutch teammate

Willems is starting to look like a tremendous piece of business, as he continues to grow into the left-back role, and is giving Bruce something to think about when Matt Ritchie is fit again.


Krafth, on the other hand, is struggling in every aspect of his game, and has many fans hoping DeAndre Yedlin will return to first team contention sooner, rather than later.

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Hopefully it is merely a case of the Swede taking longer to find his feet, but in the Premier League, players do not get the luxury of ‘bedding in’ time.

If his form does not pick up, he could be set for a drop to the bench, and will have fans wishing that Willems was the defender signed on a permanent basis, and Krafth just a loan deal.

Brighton is a very important game for Newcastle on Saturday, and Bruce has a decision to make, whether to persist with a struggling Krafth, promote Javier Manquillo back to the starting XI, or even throw Yedlin in, a week or two sooner than he had planned.

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