Steve Bruce has picked out the “excellent” Newcastle duo of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron as they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Jetro Willems cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s 15th goal of the season but Kevin De Bruyne thought he had won it with a fine 82nd-minute strike.

But Jonjo Shelvey curled home a brilliant 87th-minute equaliser which, coupled with Martin Dubravka’s stoppage-time save from Sterling, ensured the game finished level.

And Bruce was full of praise for two of his front three, he said: “Allan and Almiron today were excellent in their work. You’ve seen three quality goals and we’ve got two of them.”

Asked about his side’s performance, Bruce added: “When you take on one of the big boys it’s always nice to get something from it.

“Their attitude and effort and endeavour in terms of their workrate and to keep getting after the ball, it’s manful in terms of how they do it.”

When asked if the atmosphere at St James’ Park was a bit flat, Bruce continued: “It would have been nice to get some of the ball to give them something to shout about!

“They’ve witnessed their team rolling up their sleeves and showing a bit of determination. The fans were superb at the end.”

 

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t considering a move to midfield any time soon after Jamie Carragher suggested he could be Jurgen Klopp’s very own Kevin De Bruyne.

The England international has made a bright start to his third full season in the Premier League , scoring a brilliant goal against Chelsea as well as providing three assists.

The comparison was drawn with De Bruyne, who has also made a stunning start to this campaign, with eight assists already.

 

 

Carragher suggested that the defender’s passing ability and vision could see him take up a midfield role and become Liverpool’s equivalent of De Bruyne.

He said: “People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now that Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.”

However, Alexander-Arnold has revealed he is fully focused on becoming one of the best defenders in the world, reports the Manchester Evening News.

“Maybe one day it will happen, but right now the manager sees me as a right-back and that’s where I’m going to play,” he said while on international duty with England.

“I just want to play football and if a manager decides he wants to use me as midfielder or a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play.

“I’m a defender first and foremost and then obviously I want to try and help the team create chances.”

 

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