Newcastle United, 바카라사이트who are on the verge of a championship challenge, are in a crisis after the departure of their main goalkeeper Nick Pope.
On the 19th (Korean time), Newcastle, who had the 24th round of the 2022-2023 English Premier League (EPL), lost 0-2 to Liverpool at St. James Park in Newcastle, England. Newcastle, who failed to earn points, maintained 41 points and 4th place. It is two points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are in fifth place, with a tie in the number of matches.
The game was virtually tied in the middle of the first half. Newcastle conceded consecutive goals to Darwin Núñez and Cody Hakpo in the 10th and 17th minutes of the first half. It was a home game, and it was still early, so it was a gap that could be overcome by 2 runs, but in the 22nd minute of the first half, the goalkeeper was sent off. Goalkeeper Nick Pope went outside the penalty box to stop Mohamed Salah from counterattacking, but could not clear the ball properly and caught it with his hand. As the referee declared an immediate dismissal, Newcastle fell into a stalemate and could not overcome it.
The aftermath of Pope’s exit is not expected to stop at just one game against Liverpool. Newcastle’s next game is the English Carabao Cup Final against Manchester United at 1:30 am on the 27th, and the main goalkeeper Pope will not be able to play in this game due to a suspension penalty. Martin Dubravka, the team’s second goalkeeper, who was put on as a substitute in the match against Liverpool and kept the goal, is also unable to play. Dubravka was previously loaned to Manchester United in the first half and has already played in the Carabao Cup. According to the rules of the tournament, two teams cannot participate in the game in one season.
Newcastle’s only options are Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie. Both players have an unreliable corner. Karius has previously made mistakes that ruined finals. Five years ago, he played in the final of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) as a member of Liverpool, and gave up two runs with a ridiculous mistake, providing an excuse for a 1-3 defeat.
Gillespie’s lack of recent experience is a worrying factor. Karius hasn’t played a game since joining Newcastle last summer, and Gillespie has been out of action for much longer than that. His last match was against Newport County in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup in September 2020.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is expressing his trust in his players without revealing his concerns. At a press conference after the Liverpool match, when asked about the potential goalkeepers for the final, “They played friendlies and practice matches. I want to say they are ready. I will be confident. That’s why these two players are in our squad.” replied.