Jamaal Lascelles opens up on ‘mentality shift’ at Newcastle United under Eddie Howe

Jamaal Lascelles says Newcastle United players can still hold their “head high” despite their narrow 1-0 defeat against Liverpool.

The Toon skipper returned to the action against the Reds after replacing Fabian Schar in the second half following an injury for the Switzerland defender. But Lascelles believes Newcastle could not have given much more in a game in which they were beaten by Naby Keita’s first half goal.

Lascelles said: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game. At the same time we came to win and we set up to do that.

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“Sometimes you just have to give that respect to the other team. They are a quality side, we gave our all and left everything out there. We went toe to toe with them at times. I think how we’ve played over the last couple of months we can keep our heads held high.

“We can look back at what we could have done better. At the same time, Liverpool are a very good side aren’t they?”

After losing 3-1 to Liverpool and 4-0 to Manchester City, the Magpies’ next opponents, the clash with Klopp’s side proved to be an improvement in terms of defensive solidity. Lascelles spoke of a “mentality shift” at St James’ Park.

Lascelles added: “We have had a big shift in mentality and every game we play now we play to win. That’s how we set up. That didn’t happen today. We had a couple of chances and they didn’t have loads so that’s a positive thing. It’s Liverpool and we gave our all.”

Lascelles has had to be patient and wait for his chance under Eddie Howe in recent weeks. The captain is no longer guaranteed a start.

After his cameo against Liverpool, Lascelles said: “It’s always tough as a defender to come on. It’s not like you are going to come on and score a goal.

“You are not going to come on and change the game, but it’s a squad game and that’s what players come on for and everybody needs to be ready when asked.”

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