Liverpool beaten by lowly Newcastle

LONDON: Liverpool missed the chance to close in on the Premier League's top four when they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to lowly Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday.

Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven in the close-season, forced Martin Skrtel into an own goal in the 69th minute and then added a second himself in added time.

That gave Newcastle only a second home win of the season and took them above neighbours and relegation rivals Sunderland in the bottom three.

Newcastle took the lead after 69 minutes when Moussa Sissoko's cross was slightly mis-controlled by Wijnaldum but he still managed to fire in a shot that Skrtel deflected in.

Klopp had been dissatisfied enough to make a double change with an hour played, sending on Daniel Sturridge and fellow England international Adam Lallana for Benteke and the equally ineffective Roberto Firmino.

The two substitutes were involved in a rare scoring opportunity but Sturridge pulled his shot carelessly wide.

And Wijnaldum made sure of the points whe he clipped Sissoko's perfect through ball over keeper Simon Mignolet.