Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur all are struggling after all three teams drew in the latest round of European fixtures. Liverpool drew 2-2 at home to Young Boys, Newcastle drew 1-1 at home against Maritimo and Tottenham drew 0-0 away in Lazio.
Liverpool remain second in their group on seven points behind Anzhi as they could not get the better of Swiss side Young Boys in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Liverpool fielded a young and inexperienced side and were forced to bring Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling off of the bench to try and win the match.
Jonjo Shelvey continued his good form in the Liverpool first team with a first half goal and Joe Cole seems to have latched onto the criticism of manager Brendan Rodgers as he put the side temporarily 2-1 ahead. It adds another match to the tally of Liverpool’s failure to win important home games.
Newcastle United are second in their group with nine points and they will be confident ahead of the next stage. There was bad news for Newcastle as both Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse picked up injuries which may keep them out of the side over coming matches.
Newcastle enjoyed the majority of possession and despite the fact they had only half as many shots as their opponents, they went ahead through a Sylvain Marveaux effort in the first half. Alan Pardew will be slightly annoyed that his side could not see out the rest of the game as Newcastle conceded the equaliser with just over ten minutes of the match remaining.
Tottenham fought hard for a 0-0 draw away in Lazio following scenes before the game that left Tottenham supporters hospitalised following attacks from masked Lazio fans. The point ensures they maintain second place in their group behind Lazio ahead of the next stage of the competition.
Andre Villas-Boas will be slightly annoyed that Tottenham couldn’t get the win because he fielded a strong team including Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sandro and Clint Dempsey. However, Tottenham had no efforts on goal at all during the match which would suggest they were a little lucky to hold out for a point.
All three Premier League sides remain in good positions to go through to the next stage but they will be hoping to try and steal top spot which would mean a slightly more favourable draw.
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