Newcastle United players ratings: How each Magpies star performed in controversial Liverpool defeat

Jordan Cronin dishes out his Newcastle United player ratings from the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

<p>Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. </p>

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Martin Dubravka - 7

Commanding performance from Dubravka, pulling out saves and claiming a number of crosses to relieve the pressure on his defensive teammates.

Javier Manquillo - 7

Manquillo was at fault for two goals at Leicester but the Spaniard could barely be faulted at Anfield against his former club. 

Fabian Schar - 6

Had a slight injury issue during the week but should be okay to start on Sunday. Been in good form at the back under Howe.

Collided with Hayden, where Liverpool controversially levelled in the first-half. Would have conceded a penalty had Mo Salah not fired home the loose ball from his tackle on Sadio Mane.

Jamaal Lascelles - 7

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles looks on before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on December 04, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Bounced back from his mistake at Leicester City. Absorbed plenty of Liverpool pressure to put in a more captain-liked performance. 

Jamal Lewis - 6

Has made the most of his opportunity since being brought in from the cold.

Started brightly at Anfield but was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury on 12 minutes.

Isaac Hayden - 7

Could return to the side to provide some much needed cover in front of the defence.

Handed his first start under Howe to offer defensive steel in the midfield. Was the player down with a head injury when Liverpool equalised.

Jonjo Shelvey - 5

Another former Liverpool player. Has scored twice against The Reds during his career but still looking to get off the mark for Newcastle this season.

A performance to sum up the brilliance and not-so brilliance of Shelvey. Scored a seventh-minute screamer before gifting the ball to Mane in the build-up to Salah’s goal.

Ryan Fraser - 8

Ryan Fraser of Newcastle United crosses the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021 in London, England.

Was a real threat down the left-hand side. Provided the cross which led to Shelvey’s opener and was controversially denied a penalty under a challenge from Alexander-Arnold.

Jacob Murphy - 8

On for Lewis 62: Got into some decent areas down the right. Could have done better for Leicester's third.

Put in a tireless display down the right-hand side. Supported Manquillo and offered a lot going forward. Aimed a left-footed shot narrowly wide in the second-half.

Allan Saint-Maximin - 7

Caused the Liverpool defence problems with his electric pace, which raises the question - is he best suited to play down the middle?

Joelinton - 7

Joelinton deserves praise for a string of great performances recently. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Deployed in a deeper central midfield role, much like the position he played against Norwich City.

SUB: Matt Ritchie (on for Lewis, 12) - 7

For Lewis 15: Quickly settled into the game. 6

Steady display after replacing Lewis early on.

Callum Wilson (on for Saint-Maximin - 77) - 6

On for Saint-Maximin, 79

Was rested for the trip to Anfield. Played the final 10 minutes but not enough time to make an impact.