Carver reveals what he told Newcastle players about defending against Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Newcastle manager John Carver was disappointed with his side's defending against Liverpool.

Newcastle United manager John Carver told Sky Sports that his plan to keep Raheem Sterling quiet failed as the Magpies lost 2-0 to Liverpool.

Carver's men have now lost their last five games in a row following their defeat at Anfield on Monday night, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen handing Liverpool all three points.

Having replaced Alan Pardew in January, Carver was appointed interim manager until the end of the season, but it really couldn't be going much worse right now.

Magpies fans are rightly frustrated with the club's displays under Carver, with just two wins in 14 games under his management, and he's almost certainly blown his audition to become the next permanent manager.

Carver himself was annoyed after the final whistle against Liverpool, suggesting that his players let their guard down against England international Sterling.

Carver, 50, told Sky Sports after the game that he had warned the Newcastle players not to let Sterling cut inside from the left hand side, but that's exactly how he scored the opening goal, dancing past players and curling the ball into the back of the net - much to Carver's displeasure.

"We talked before the game about not allowing Sterling to come in on his right foot, to get him on the outside where we can double up - so it's nothing we didn't cover in the team meeting," said Carver.

It's always hard to keep a player of Sterling's quality quiet, but it's particularly galling for Carver given that he told his players how to defend against Sterling, but just couldn't quite manage it.

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