Newcastle United player issues apology to team-mates

Christian Atsu has apologised to his Newcastle United team-mates – for the mistake that led to Liverpool’s second goal.

Monday, 16th September 2019, 12:00 pm

The Premier League leaders came from behind to beat Newcastle, who took the lead through a stunning strike from Jetro Willems.

Sadio Mane scored two first-half goals to put Liverpool ahead, the second of which came from a mistake in midfield from Atsu, who was dispossessed by Firmino.

Christian Atsu at Anfield.

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Firmino, on for the injured Divock Origi, played the ball up to Mane, who netted after the advancing Martin Dubravka failed to claim it.

“We were in the game – we scored one,” said winger Atsu. “Then it was unfortunate that I gave the ball away. The second goal was very crucial in this game. I can only apologise to the players and also the fans.

“They’re a top team. We knew that. Against these teams, when you make a mistake, you’re going to get punished. They scored from our mistakes, and we have to take the positives out of this and focus on the next game.

“In the first 20 minutes I thought we were very good. We defended really well. We had a go. We knew it was going to be difficult.

“Like I said, it was very unfortunate that they scored to make it 2-1 from the ball I lost in midfield. Liverpool are very good. When you lose the ball in midfield, they’re going to punish you.”