Newcastle United captain feels the days of playing a low block are over on Tyneside.
Despite their narrow 1-0 loss to Liverpool, Jamaal Lascelles believes Newcastle United can still keep their “head high.”
After replacing Fabian Schar in the second half due to an injury to the Switzerland defender, the Toon captain returned to action against the Reds. However, Lascelles believes Newcastle could not have provided much more in a game where they were beaten by a goal from Naby Keita in the first half.
The captain said: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game. At the same time we came to win and we set up to do that.
“Sometimes you just have to give that respect to the other team. They are a quality side, we gave our all and left everything out there. We went toe to toe with them at times. I think how we’ve played over the last couple of months we can keep our heads held high.
“We can look back at what we could have done better. At the same time, Liverpool are a very good side aren’t they?”
Following losses of 3-1 to Liverpool and 4-0 to Manchester City, Newcastle’s next opponents, the match against Klopp’s side proved to be a step forward in terms of defensive solidity. At St James’ Park, Lascelles spoke of a “mental shift.”
Lascelles added: “We have had a big shift in mentality and every game we play now we play to win. That’s how we set up. That didn’t happen today. We had a couple of chances and they didn’t have loads so that’s a positive thing. It’s Liverpool and we gave our all.”
In recent weeks, Lascelles has had to be patient and wait for his chance under Eddie Howe. The captain’s spot on the field is no longer guaranteed.
Lascelles commented after his cameo against Liverpool: “It’s always tough as a defender to come on. It’s not like you are going to come on and score a goal.
“You are not going to come on and change the game, but it’s a squad game and that’s what players come on for and everybody needs to be ready when asked.”