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An extra minute was added for a VAR decision which had ruled out a Callum Wilson goal in stoppage time and on-loan Arsenal man Willock took full advantage.
The unconvincing performance did little for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of restoring the club’s battered reputation in the wake of the Super League controversy and even less for their top-four aspirations.
Despite another goal for Mohamed Salah - netting a 20th Premier League goal for a third season - none of his previously prolific team-mates came anywhere close to matching him as Newcastle left Merseyside with a point as Liverpool wasted a host of chances.
Klopp was left to rue another missed opportunity in the battle for a top-four finish, and said the draw felt more like a defeat.
“I don’t think you can create many better chances than we did,” the Liverpool boss told BT Sport. “We scored a wonderful goal but didn’t finish the game off.
“They deserved the goal because they had scored before...we didn’t even take the present. We were lucky with VAR today and gave another chance away, it makes no sense and it’s really tough to take. Why it happened I don’t know.
“It’s a point but it feels like a defeat. Today I didn’t see that we deserved to play in the Champions League next year.
“We have another five games and we will see what we can do. We learn, or we don’t play Champions League.”
Additional reporting by PA.