Liverpool's season so far was summed up in 90 minutes at St James' Park as Philippe Coutinho produced a spectacular opening goal before a defensive lapse allowed Newcastle United to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Coutinho's strike after 29 minutes epitomised the qualities that made him a target for Barcelona and while he continues to inspire Liverpool's attack this season, Reds fans may fear what a January departure would do to their side's potency.
The Brazilian is the Premier League's leading exponent of long-range goals, having scored 17 from outside the box since his Liverpool debut, but he is playing in front of a defence that regularly proves the Reds' undoing.
Joselu's 36th-minute equaliser was the ninth goal Liverpool have conceded in their last four league outings, which matches the total they shipped in their previous 12 games combined and Jurgen Klopp must find a way to eradicate their momentary lapses if they are to challenge for honours this season.
Liverpool have now won only one of their last seven games and, with Manchester United and Tottenham awaiting them after the international break, Klopp could find himself under considerable pressure by the end of October.
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