Is the honeymoon period over for Klopp at Liverpool?

Former Irish international Paddy Mulligan thinks it is and gives his reasons as to why

Liverpool were beaten for the first time in five games with a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle at St. James' Park on Sunday afternoon.

Klopp's team failed to press high, as Jurgen Klopp's teams are wont to do. They also failed to create enough chances and were even outrun by a Newcastle side who are constantly berated for their work rate.

Paddy Mulligan was speaking to Oisin Langan on the Monday Rewind and made some critical observations of Liverpool's performance.

The former Irish player believes that Liverpool had started to believe everything that had been written about them and that resulted in a performance that lacked desire.

Mulligan believes that Benteke, in particular, was a "thundering disgrace" along with Lucas, who started off the game by giving away the ball and carried on doing that exact same thing for the entirety of the contest.

Sturridge, who came on as a second half substitute "looked disinterested" according to Mulligan and has to be handled with care given the fact that he was extremely moody because he didn't start. Lallana also failed to impress and Ibe, who was the best of a bad bunch, constantly ran into dead ends with, seemingly, no knowledge of when to pass and when to drop the shoulder. 

Mulligan thinks the honeymoon period is over and that the reall hard work begins for Klopp and this Liverpool squad now that many of their deficiencies have been exposed.

On another topic discussed, Mulligan singled out Glenn Whelan for praise, following Stoke's victory over Manchester City.

He believed the Irish midfielder has a "thankless task" in the Stoke City set-up and within the Irish team too. Mulligan says that doing something that simple over and over again to such a high standard is not given enough credit. Whelan "wins the tackles and passes the ball and he is an unsung hero." Mulligan also says it is no surprise that Whelan was the first man who Tony Pulis called when he took over at struggling West Brom to shore up their leaky defense. 

Oisin also recapped the Leinster title decider between Ballyboden St. Enda's and Portlaoise and also took a look at UFC 194 where Conor Mcgregor and Jose Aldo top the bill at the MGM in Law Vegas.