Emil Krafth bore the brunt of criticism from a number of Newcastle United fans on Saturday after failing to impress in the first half against Liverpool at Anfield.
Krafth, 25, had enjoyed fairly solid performances in his last two outings against Tottenham and Watford but the finger of blame was largely pointed at him by the Toon Army for Liverpool’s equaliser in the first half of their trip to Merseyside.
Jetro Willems put the Magpies ahead with a superb goal but Sadio Mane equalised in the 28th minute after he was picked out by Andrew Robertson.
Krafth came charging out to close down Robertson before the Scotland international got to the ball but was beaten to the punch and allowed the Liverpool left-back to play in Mane to score.
Here is the reaction of some very angry Newcastle supporters on Twitter:
— Lewis (@Lewis516_) September 14, 2019
Awful defending by Krafth
— The Honest Johns (@TheHonestJohns) September 14, 2019
Terrible defensive play by Krafth
— Kalle (@KalleValimaa) September 14, 2019
Krafth schoolboy defending.
— Norman Little (@nlittle1892) September 14, 2019
Krafth definitely has some improving to do, as pointed out by this next Newcastle supporter.
At the moment the Sweden international is keeping Javier Manquillo out of the side and once DeAndre Yedlin is back to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines, he’s going to have to fight with two right-backs to keep hold of his spot in Steve Bruce’s starting line-up.
If Krafth makes more mistakes like he did in the first half against Liverpool then Bruce should not hesitate to drop him and bring in either Manquillo or pacey USA international Yedlin.
Krafth has lots of improving to do for me like.
— Chris (@NUFCHeron) September 14, 2019
Krafth has not been too awful in his first few appearances as a Newcastle player but he was error-prone against Norwich and this one moment against Liverpool has clearly brought back some memories to these supporters.
Krafth is shocking. #nufc
— David Mitchell (@DavidMitch27) September 14, 2019
Krafth at fault again #nufc
— Josh Stewart (@JoshNUFC91) September 14, 2019